5:08pm: Tests on Bradley’s thumb indicated that he does not have any tears or fractures in his thumb, but it still looks like he’ll miss more than the 10-day minimum due to this injury (Twitter links from Britton). Bradley will wear a splint on his hand for around a week, and he’ll need some time to get back up to speed once the splint is removed.
1:38pm: The Red Sox have placed outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on the 10-day DL, per a club announcement (via Tim Britton of the Providence Journal; Twitter links). He has been diagnosed with a left thumb sprain, per the team.
Bradley was injured on a play at the plate last night, leading to fears that he may have suffered a significant injury. With MRI results still yet to be revealed, at least publicly, the severity of the damage is not yet known. Boston will obviously hope that Bradley can bounce back relatively quickly, with a division lead to protect and less than six weeks until the start of the postseason.
The Sox have recalled infielder Deven Marrero to take the open roster spot. He will likely function as a utility option, perhaps freeing Brock Holt to share time in left field with Chris Young. It seems reasonable to anticipate that Andrew Benintendi will shift over to center while Bradley is down. While right fielder Mookie Betts is also capable of playing up the middle, Benintendi has seen more time there in recent years.
Thus far in 2017, Bradley has taken a slight step back at the plate but continued to function as a quality regular. He’s running a .262/.343/.432 slash with 14 home runs through 440 plate appearances. Though Bradley is reaching base and making hard contact as frequently as ever, his .170 isolated slugging mark sits well shy of the rates he carried in the prior two seasons (.219 in 2016; .249 in a shorter sample in 2015). Of course, he remains a quality defender and baserunner as well as a key part of the Red Sox roster.