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It’s official: Jackie Bradley Jr. won’t be eligible for free agency after 2018

05.06.13 at 5:01 pm ET

Triple-A Pawtucket placed outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on the seven-day disabled list (retroactive to May 4) due to tendinitis in his right biceps. He’d sat out the last two games due to the condition, and he’d been limited to designated hitter duties prior to that.

Wednesday will mark Bradley’s 20th day in the minor leagues since being optioned to Triple-A by the Red Sox. As such, he will remain on the DL through the date when he will have spent enough time in the minors for the Sox to avoid having him gain free agent eligibility after the 2018 season.

Of course, the DL stint merely confirms what had already become inevitable. Of greater significance to the Sox and Bradley is the opportunity for the center fielder to get back on the field.

Bradley is hitting .302 with a .400 OBP in 11 Triple-A games.

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