The Red Sox’ outfield shuttle continues, as the injuries to Hanley Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia are likely what has led to this:
That’s Jackie Bradley Jr. to you and me.
Bradley was demoted to Pawtucket in late May, having played only six games for the Sox this season. In Triple-A he has hit well, however, with a line of .322/.398/.468 on the year.
The corresponding move — likely placing one of the veterans on the DL — has yet to be announced.
The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.
Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.
Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.