Jackie Bradley Jr. can add Yahoo Sports to his list.
Bradley, who once asked for a picture with Dennis Eckersley so he could later call out the Hall of Famer on social media for criticizing his play, was named an outfielder on Yahoo’s 2018 All-Overrated Team.
As he did with the Eckersley thing, Bradley reacted passive aggressively on Twitter.
The team was put together by Yahoo’s MLB crew voting, and though Bradley was the only player to earn a spot on the 14-man team, plenty of other Sox got votes. That group included Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, Mookie Betts, David Price and Rick Porcello.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox’ infield depth was tested mightily in 2017. The group is already seeing some attrition in 2018.
Marco Hernandez, who appeared in the mix at second base (at least up until the recent signing of Eduardo Nunez), returned to Boston because his surgically repaired left shoulder, his non-throwing shoulder, was bothering him.
On May 26, Hernandez's season was cut short when he had an open stabilization (Latarjet) procedure, which is intended to prevent the shoulder from dislocating. Part of the procedure included the insertion of foreign materials — hardware, as Cora referred to it on Friday — and at least some of that has now been removed.
“He was feeling discomfort in his shoulder,” manager Alex Cora said Friday morning. "Flew him to Boston, at the end, they took out the hardware off of it. It seems like… it was creating the discomfort. Obviously, everything went well. Can’t give you a time when he’s coming back.”
Hernandez’s recovery will be dependent on how he’s feeling.
“There’s guys that come out right away and they can go and there’s people who will still feel it and it’s a longer process,” Cora said. “Hopefully he can come back sooner rather than later. He was feeling it and at the end, they checked everything and it was the hardware that they have there. He’ll be fine.”
Hernandez, 25, is entering his third major league season. In 116 plate appearances, he has a .284 average. He's a left-handed hitter and looked particularly impressive last spring training.
The Red Sox started off spring training with a doubleheader on Thursday, beating both Northeastern and Boston College.
Boston beat Northeastern 15-2 in the opener, scoring seven runs in the first inning. Highlights included a grand slam from minor league outfielder Kyri Washington, an RBI triple from Blake Swihart, and RBI doubles from Brock Holt and minor league catcher Austin Rei.
In game two, the Red Sox beat Boston College by a score of 4-2. Sam Travis contributed with an RBI double.
Boston takes on the Minnesota Twins on Friday at JetBlue Park.