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Farrell keeping options open in outfield

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BOSTON -- With Jackie Bradley Jr. suddenly coming into his own on offense while playing his typically stellar defense, the Red Sox will have a tough decision to make in the outfield when Shane Victorino comes off the disabled list.

How about an outfield of Grady Sizemore in left, Bradley in center and Victorino in right?

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BOSTON -- With Jackie Bradley Jr. suddenly coming into his own on offense while playing his typically stellar defense, the Red Sox will have a tough decision to make in the outfield when Shane Victorino comes off the disabled list.

How about an outfield of Grady Sizemore in left, Bradley in center and Victorino in right?

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"Yeah, all those alignments are thought of," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "How we get to that point remains to be seen with roster adjustments. I think the one thing that continues to bear out is the outfield defense and placing a premium on that."

If Bradley, Victorino and Sizemore were all on the roster at the same time, the Red Sox would probably have to make a decision between Daniel Nava and Mike Carp. If not, Bradley would likely have to be optioned to Pawtucket again. Nava still has Minor League options as well. Carp does not.

But the club isn't close to making any decision on that, and there's no need to until Victorino returns to action.

It's unclear just yet when Victorino will come off the disabled list.

For Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Sizemore got the day game off after the night game. Jonny Gomes played left, with Bradley in center and Nava in right.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne.

 

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