The Boston Red Sox recalled center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on Tuesday from the minor leagues.
The 25-year-old Bradley started the season in Triple-A after he was sent to Pawtucket at the end of spring training.
In two years with the Red Sox, Bradley has played in 164 games and has a .196 batting average with four homers and 40 RBIs. Last year, he played in 127 games for Boston and batted .198.
The Red Sox are looking for outfield depth after placing Shane Victorino on the disabled list last week and with Allen Craig and Daniel Nava struggling at the plate. Mookie Betts has started 18 games in center field for Boston during the first month of the season.
Infielder/outfielder Brock Holt started in right field in Monday night’s game before moving to third base when Sandoval left in the sixth inning. Holt, who went 0-for-4 but dropped to .410, has started at six different positions so far this season.
Right-handed pitcher Steven Wright was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket for the second time this season on Monday. The knuckleball pitcher joined an overused bullpen and was brought up because he could provide innings — he hasn’t pitched for Pawtucket since April 22.
“We’ve leaned on the bullpen early on in the year, and that’s not completely uncommon until the rotation hits its full stride,” manager John Farrell said. “Steven being here in the event that if something unforeseen takes place, we’ve got someone to protect us with length.”
Right-hander Heath Hembree was shipped back to Triple-A Pawtucket after joining the club in Baltimore Sunday and allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings in Sunday’s 18-7 loss.
Outfielder Carl Crawford joined the Los Angeles Dodgers’ growing disabled list Tuesday due to a torn oblique muscle.
“It’s a bad tear,” Crawford said, according to the Los Angeles Times. However, he did not know a timetable for his return.
In the past several days, the Dodgers lost right fielder Yasiel Puig to a strained left hamstring, right-hander Brandon McCarthy to a season-ending elbow injury and closer Joel Peralta to a neck strain and a “dead arm.”
Crawford, 33, is on the DL for the fifth time in four years, as he previously went down with wrist, elbow, hamstring and ankle injuries. In 15 games this season, he is batting .240 with a .260 on-base percentage, a .408 slugging percentage, one homer and three RBIs.
A four-time All-Star, Crawford is in his 14th major league season. He played for the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox before joining the Dodgers in 2013.
Los Angeles called up utility man Enrique Hernandez from Triple-A Oklahoma City to fill Crawford’s roster spot, and Hernandez started in center field Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants.
Hernandez, 23, played a total of 42 major league games in 2014, hitting a combined .248/.321/.421 with three homers and 14 RBIs for the Houston Astros and the Miami Marlins. The Dodgers acquired him in the December deal that sent second baseman Dee Gordon to Miami.
In 16 games for Oklahoma City this year, Hernandez batted .169/.219/.254 with one homer and nine RBIs.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey is already on the disabled list with a sprained elbow, but it appears that he might not be returning to the mound any time soon.
Reds manager Bryan Price told reporters that Bailey might need surgery. And even if he doesn’t, Price expects the right-hander to be out for much longer than 15 days.
There are now concerns that he might need Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery, which would sideline him for the season.
The Philadelphia Phillies activated outfielder Domonic Brown and then optioned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Brown has been in the minor leagues since the start of the season on an injury-rehabilitation assignment and was hoping to return to the Phillies. But he batted just .189 with one home run in 15 games between Class A Clearwater and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Houston won for the ninth time in 11 games and Jed Lowrie hit a home run on Monday, but the Astros sent the infielder back to Texas for an MRI on Tuesday.
Lowrie injured his thumb on a slide into home plate in Monday’s 9-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.