8/12/2014 7:39 P.M. ET
Cespedes likely to stay in left for rest of season
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- The Red Sox have reversed course on their original plan of transitioning Yoenis Cespedes to right field this season.
Instead, manager John Farrell now seems content to keep Cespedes in left, and let Allen Craig settle into right when he returns from the 15-day disabled list.
Both players are already transitioning to a new team, so Farrell has decided it probably makes sense to let them play in their most comfortable spots defensively for the remainder of 2014.
Given the dimensions of Fenway, it might make sense to move them next season. Spring Training could be a more ideal to make that transition than in the middle of this season.
"We could make a switch right now or we could take the full advantage in Spring Training in a ballpark that's got the exact dimensions [of Fenway] where there's less of an emphasis than there would be in season. So we've got the ability to stay as we are for now," said Farrell.
The manager relied on input from both players before deciding to table the transition.
"The one thing through conversation with both guys is they're comfortable with the positions that they've played," said Farrell. "That's Yoenis in left and Allen in right. Now, we know the dimensions in our ballpark will have some bearing on our ultimate decision, but I think it's important for us right now to make sure that they transition and maintain a lot of that comfort. First and foremost, we've got to get Allen back on the field. And for the time being, and potentially the remainder of the season, we'll keep them in the positions they've played previous rather than switch them."
Minors stint not currently an option for slumping Bradley
CINCINNATI -- Though Jackie Bradley Jr. is in an 0-for-35 slump and was again out of the lineup on Tuesday, the Red Sox haven't considered sending him back to the Minor Leagues at this point.
Bradley hasn't been in the lineup in four of the seven games on this road trip. However, at least to this point, the club hasn't considered returning him to Triple-A Pawtucket.
"That hasn't yet been bridged with the more direct conversation on whether or not a change needs to be made," said Farrell. "We're challenged with trying to get him to repeat the swing that we've discussed."
The constant goal for Bradley is to try to shorten his swing, something he was able to when he got hot for a period leading into the All-Star break.
Bradley is having an elite year defensively and perhaps the Red Sox would be able to survive a little more with his lack of offense if the rest of the lineup was more productive.
"It probably relies on who else is around him," said Farrell. "If there's an offense that is a top five offense in the league despite the production from any given player then maybe you have more ability to carry a pure defender. But where we are right now, we need every one of our guys to carry the weight offensively."