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Mired in slump, Bradley on bench for opener vs. Tribe

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CLEVELAND -- Mired in an 0-for-20 slump, Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. found himself on the bench for Tuesday night's game against the Indians, even with right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez pitching for Cleveland.

Bradley, who is ranked the club's No. 2 prospect, is hitting .097 in his first nine Major League games.

"Well, we've got six righties coming up against us and it's a matter of continuing his development yet putting the best lineup we can on the field," said manager John Farrell. "That's what goes into it. It's a balance. It's something that I and we as a staff have to continue to integrate him when possible. Play him and make sure he doesn't go too far from getting at-bats. I'm sure he'll be on the field at some point in this series."

Slugger David Ortiz could be ready for activation on Friday night, when the club opens a homestand against the Royals. If that ends up being the case, Bradley will likely be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

With Bradley out of Tuesday's lineup, Daniel Nava got the start in left while Jonny Gomes served as the designated hitter.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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