All eyes on rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. come opening day
FORT MYERS, Fla. (WHDH) -- The Boston Red Sox are wrapping up spring training, and the big question coming out of Fort Myers is whether rookie outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is the Sox next big star.
Bradley has had success in the Red Sox minor league system and he's been a star in spring training. But the question remains: is he ready for the bright lights of Fenway?
The Red Sox open up their 2013 campaign with more questions than answers, especially after last year's debacle of a season. But one of the few answers they do have is also the one they refuse to divulge: Jackie Bradley Jr. will make the opening day roster.
Now, the final rosters aren't due until Sunday, but all signs point to the rookie staying with the big club. The Sox notified Ryan Sweeney that he will not make the team, which means there are no other healthy outfielders left in camp, other than Bradley.
The 22-year-old has been dynamic this spring, batting over .400 with four doubles and two home runs.
The biggest arguments to send Bradley back down to the minors are his lack of experience, and concerns how it will affect his long-term contract situation.
The Sox still must make a move on the 40-man roster to create room for Bradley -- probably through a trade or by designating someone for assignment.
Either way, you can expect to see Jackie Bradley Jr. at Yankees stadium come Monday.