Minors stint not currently an option for slumping Bradley

Minors stint not currently an option for slumping Bradley

CINCINNATI -- Though Jackie Bradley Jr. is in an 0-for-35 slump and was again out of the lineup on Tuesday, the Red Sox haven't considered sending him back to the Minor Leagues at this point.

Bradley hasn't been in the lineup in four of the seven games on this road trip. However, at least to this point, the club hasn't considered returning him to Triple-A Pawtucket.

"That hasn't yet been bridged with the more direct conversation on whether or not a change needs to be made," said Farrell. "We're challenged with trying to get him to repeat the swing that we've discussed."

The constant goal for Bradley is to try to shorten his swing, something he was able to when he got hot for a period leading into the All-Star break.

Bradley is having an elite year defensively and perhaps the Red Sox would be able to survive a little more with his lack of offense if the rest of the lineup was more productive.

"It probably relies on who else is around him," said Farrell. "If there's an offense that is a top five offense in the league despite the production from any given player then maybe you have more ability to carry a pure defender. But where we are right now, we need every one of our guys to carry the weight offensively."

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