Jackie Bradley Jr. Placed on 10-Day DL by Red Sox with Thumb Injury

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2017

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 3: Jackie Bradley Jr. #19 of the Boston Red Sox rounds second base after hitting a triple during the fifth inning of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 3, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Prior to their game against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday at Progressive Field, the Boston Red Sox announced they placed outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. 

During Tuesday's 9-1 win over Cleveland, Boston took Bradley out of the game after he appeared to injure his hand sliding into home plate in the top of the seventh inning.           

Bradley has already been on the disabled list once this season after a right knee sprain sent him to the shelf just four appearances into his 2017 campaign. He returned to the diamond April 21 after missing 12 games. 

Now 107 games into his fifth season with the Red Sox, Bradley Jr. is slashing .262/.343/.432 with 14 home runs, 54 RBI and six stolen bases. 

He's also registered five defensive runs saved, a mark that is tied for fifth among Red Sox players, according to FanGraphs

Bradley Jr.'s value at the plate and as a defender in center field isn't easily replicated, but the Red Sox have the depth necessary to withstand another short absence from the 27-year-old.

Look for the newly acquired Rajai Davis to operate as a stopgap solution in tandem with Chris Young until Bradley Jr. is activated.