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March 25, 2013

Sox option -- don't start year with Bradley Jr. at Fenway

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Spring training stats are deceiving. After all, Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers was batting .270 in 37 at-bats this spring as of Saturday. Superstar center fielder Matt Kemp of the Dodgers was hitting .182 in 33 at-bats as of Saturday. I’m all for the Red Sox promoting Bradley — but only after 11 days in Pawtucket and then only if he is hitting well against Triple-A pitching.

With Ortiz sidelined, the Red Sox have other options beyond moving Gomes to DH and going with Bradley in left field for the first 11 days — and nine games — of the season.

If I was Cherington I’d put catcher Ryan Lavarnway and outfielder/first baseman Mike Carp on the Opening Day roster. That way, the Red Sox would have three catchers and then could rotate Carp, Lavarnway and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in and out of the DH position.

But I’m not Cherington, so we’ll all have to wait to see what he does. One thing is for sure: All all eyes are on both Bradley and Cherington with Opening Day just one week away.

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