By BRENDAN McGAIR
PAWTUCKET – For a brief stretch Tuesday night, Jackie Bradley Jr. found himself caught in the crosshairs of some good old fashion trade rumors.
Speculation began to run rampant when Bradley – arguably the Red Sox’ second-most regarded position prospect behind shortstop Xander Bogaerts – was lifted with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning of Pawtucket’s eventual 5-4 win over Norfolk. Given the move was taking place with less than 24 hours remaining until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, speculation began to run rampant that Bradley was possibly on the move.
When the PawSox clubhouse doors open, Bradley was in the trainer’s room. The outfielder was getting his left arm checked out. According to the player himself, Bradley was trying to be “ freakin’ Superman” on a throw to third base in the top of the sixth after Norfolk’s Jason Pridie led off the frame with a triple.
“The arm area,” Bradley smiled when asked for specifics. “I’m just kind of playing it by ear right now, getting some treatment.
“I said something right away and I made it known that I didn’t want to chance anything and hurt myself more,” Bradley continued. “They felt like I shouldn’t bat.”
Asked if sees himself playing Wednesday, Bradley replied, “I don’t know. I want to play tomorrow.”
Upon clarifying why he was lifted from the game in the first place, Bradley was asked about being the center of attention – albeit for something that never got off the ground. He was sitting at one of the dining tables enjoying a postgame meal while his name continued to be mentioned.
“It’s crazy. I don’t know. Everyone I guess has to make some sort of assumption. Got to have something exciting to talk about,” he said. “It might as well start with me coming out of a game. It’s weird, man.
“It’s exciting times I’m assuming, everyone fighting to get what they want.”
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