Jackie Bradley OF BOS 2 Months

Bradley went 0-for-4 in Thursday night's loss to the Pirates. Since his recall Sept. 5, Bradley is 1-for-27.

The rookie center fielder is batting .203, which will be the lowest average ever for a Boston rookie with at least 350 plate appearances. With Boston's addition of outfielders in the past six weeks, Bradley's future in Boston appears to be as a fifth outfielder who can play superb defense.

Jackie Bradley OF BOS 3 Months

Bradley was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Bradley will return to occupy a spot on the team's expanded September roster, a little over two weeks after being demoted due to his offensive struggles. The 24-year-old is an outstanding defender, but his bat remained stagnant upon his assignment to Pawtucket, as he went on to bat just .212/.246/.273 in his 14 games with the affiliate. Further, there have been reports that the coaching staff just hasn't been able to get through to Bradley, so he may only see opportunities as a late-game replacement and as a pinch-hitter over the final weeks of the season.

Jackie Bradley OF BOS 3 Months

Red Sox manager Ben Cherington said team concerns about Bradley's willingness to work with team officials and coaches was not a factor in the outfielder's demotion to Triple-A Pawtucket, WEEI.com reports. A report on the blog Over The Monster cited two major league sources who said there was growing frustration with Bradley due to his "stubbornness with the coaching staff."

Both sources said it was Bradley's attitudem coupled with an unwillingness to work with coaches to fix his swing, that led to his demotion. Cherington, while not disavowing the notion that coaches could not reach Bradley, said the decision to demote was based solely on the player's offensive struggles. Bradley took to Twitter to defend himself. Whatever the case, the player and the team have some work to do to repair the relationship. Cherington added that Bradley is expected rejoin the Red Sox after the Triple-A playoffs are over.

Jackie Bradley OF BOS 3 Months

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 OF BOS 3 Months

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 OF BOS 3 Months

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 OF BOS 3 Months

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 OF BOS 3 Months

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 OF BOS 3 Months

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 OF BOS 3 Months

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.