Jackie Bradley LF/CF BOS 8 Days

Bradley hit leadoff and played center field for Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday. He went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Bradley was sent down to Pawtucket on Monday after holding down a roster spot in Boston all season despite obvious offensive struggles. With just two weeks left in the Triple-A season, the timing of Bradley's demotion is a touch strange. The goal is to see if he can get his bat back on track.

Jackie Bradley LF/CF BOS 9 Days

Bradley was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.

Bradley was finally awakening at the plate of late, batting .313 (5-for-16) with two RBI, three runs, one stole base, and two walks versus four strikeouts. However, he hasn't displayed any consistency in that venture, which has spurred the Red Sox to recall Mookie Betts to log time in the outfield.

Jackie Bradley LF/CF BOS 11 Days

Bradley went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Friday night's loss to the Astros. He had hits in each of the last two games before Friday.

Any thoughts that Bradley might be snapping out of his most recent drought were quashed Friday. He's now struck out in 20 of his last 42 at-bats.

Jackie Bradley LF/CF BOS 13 Days

Bradley snapped a hitless streak, going 1-for-3 in Wednesday night's win over the Reds. He had gone 35 straight at-bats without a hit before his second-inning single.

Bradley has seen his playing time drop over the last couple of weeks, largely due to the hitless streak.

Jackie Bradley LF/CF BOS 16 Days

Bradley was back in the starting lineup Sunday and went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Boston's win over the Angels. Bradley is having an historically poor hitting season, which got worse Sunday. He's now hitless in his last 35 at-bats with 18 strikeouts.

Of the players in the league with enough at-bats to qualify, Bradley is 147th in average (.211), 141st in on-base percentage (.281) and dead last in slugging (.289). He's striking out in 29.2 percent of his plate appearances, an exceedingly high rate for a player whose game is not power. If not for his defense -- Bradley's saved 16 runs this season -- he wouldn't get any playing time. Bradley still has minor-league options and it might be best for him to spend an extended amount of time there.

Jackie Bradley LF/CF BOS 17 Days

Bradley, who has not been in the starting lineup for four of the past five games, is taking some time to concentrate on some adjustments to his swing, the Providence Journal reports. "We need [his playing time] to increase," manager John Farrell said. "And yet there's a stretch of time here where we're addressing some things."

This means Bradley's at-bats will be sporadic for the time being. He doesn't have a hit in his last 27 at-bats, so he's not a good option even if he were getting regular starts. With the down time, the Red Sox are taking steps to get him back to the form he had when he hit .345 over an 18-game stretch immediately preceding the All-Star break.

Jackie Bradley LF/CF BOS 18 Days

Bradley is out of the lineup again Saturday against the Angels.

Bradley will sit for a second straight game while Brock Holt will start in center field for the Red Sox. He did come in as a defensive replacement Friday and make two good catches in the outfield and will be available off the bench again Saturday should the Red Sox need him.

Jackie Bradley LF/CF BOS 18 Days

Bradley entered Friday night's game as a defensive replacement and made two sensational plays in the field in a win over the Angels.

Bradley presents a conundrum to manager John Farrell, who values the young center fielder's glove but cringes at his bat. He's currently mired in a 27 at-bat hitless streak (13 strikeouts) after a three-week stretch in which it appeared Bradley was emerging from a season-long slump.

Jackie Bradley LF/CF BOS 19 Days

Bradley is not in the lineup Friday, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.

Brock Holt will start in center field, as the Red Sox seem less inclined to give Bradley regular at-bats at this point in the season. His average, OBP and slugging percentage are all below .300, and while there is no denying his defensive prowess in center field, he will need to hit more if he wants to ever be more than a fourth outfielder.

Jackie Bradley LF/CF BOS 20 Days

General manager Ben Cherington acknowledged that "at some point there is going to have to be more offense" from Bradley, WEEI.com reports.

Bradley, who is hitless in his last 24 at-bats, isn't about to get demoted at this point, but the team needs to see something more than a sub-.300 OBP and a 33 percent strikeout rate in 321 plate appearances. Manager John Farrell said they're working to shorten Bradely's approach, something he was doing a better job of when he hit .345/.406/.431 over an 18-game stretch leading up to the All-Star break.