So much for "It's nothing" and "I'll be fine".
Both the Red Sox and Jackie Bradley Jr. shrugged off the knee injury Bradley suffered in the ninth inning of Saturday's 4-1 loss in Detroit, saying they didn't expect it would force him to miss any time. "I'm built like Secretariat," Bradley boasted.
But today Bradley is not only not in the lineup for the third game of the Red Sox' four-game, wraparound series in Detroit, but he's having an MRI on that knee. Steve Selsky is replacing Bradley in center field and also in the sixth spot in the batting order.
The good news for the Sox: Mookie Betts is back from his bout with the flu and returns to right field, batting third, and Andrew Benintendi -- who threw up during yesterday's game, apparently suffering from at least a bit of the flu bug that's ravaged the Sox -- is healthy enough to be in the lineup. In addition, Matt Barnes is back from bereavement leave and will provide some late-inning bullpen help.
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Mookie Betts RF
Chris Young DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Steve Selsky CF
Sandy Leon C
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Marco Hernandez SS
Rick Porcello P
Ian Kinsler 2B
Nicholas Castellanos 3B
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Justin Upton LF
Tyler Collins RF
Alex Avila C
Andrew Romine CF
Jose Iglesias SS
Daniel Norris P
Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.
Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.
Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.
Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.
Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.
The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.
Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.
"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."
Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.
“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”