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Jackie Bradley officially makes team, will get Opening Day start

03.31.13 at 3:41 pm ET
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Jackie Bradley (AP)

The question has been answered: Jackie Bradley will be on the Red Sox for Opening Day.

The Red Sox officially announced Bradley has made the 25-man roster, with Sox manager John Farrell announcing Sunday that the 22-year-old will start in left field Monday against the Yankees. Jonny Gomes will serve as the team’s designated hitter against Yankees’ starter CC Sabathia.

“The fact that he’s played at a high-level or high profile even as an amateur — some of the things were in place even before he was drafted by the Red Sox. I don’t want to say he’s unflappable, but at the same time he has a very consistent approach,” Farrell told reporters when asked about Bradley’s readiness. “He focuses on the things he can control. I know these can be cliché, but the old adage, he’s a young guy that seems very polished at a very early stage of his pro career. Because of what we know of the individual gives us a lot of confident and comfort to put him in the position he finds himself in.”

As for when the manager started contemplating getting to this point with Bradley, Farrell said, “When we probably got the halfway point of games — as well as he played, the situations that staretd to emerge because of injuries and guys being delayed coming out of the gate. Our intentions all along coming into camp were for him to start the year in the minor leagues. But I didn’t want to put a ceiling on a guy, where he came into camp feeling, ‘Sure, I’m going to impress, but I’m just waiting to be sent out.’ It’s always important to just keep those situations alive. They’ll probably settle in where they rightfully should. In this case, it’s in New York.”

To make room for Bradley on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox designated first baseman Mauro Gomez for assignment.

Bradley, who will wear No. 44, finished spring training hitting .419 with a .507 on-base percentage and .613 slugging percentage. Against left-handed pitching (such as Sabathia), the lefty hitter totaled a .440 batting average (11-for-25) for the spring.

The Red Sox also placed Franklin Morales (low back strain), Craig Breslow (left shoulder tendonitis) and David Ortiz (right Achilles tendinopathy) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22.

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