BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell is a man of his word.
After Farrell told reporters upon the unexpected demotion of Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 18 that the outfielder would be back in September, Bradley indeed made his return to the club early in the month as the 24-year-old was recalled on Friday.
"When we sent him out we said we would bring him back in September," Farrell said. "[We] feel like the work he's been doing in Pawtucket can continue and will continue here with us in Boston."
Having posted a .216 batting average during his time spent in the major leagues this season, Bradley was sent to Pawtucket with the intention of getting consistent at-bats in order to work out the kinks in his offense approach. Although his numbers with Pawtucket (.211 batting average, one home run) suggest a lack of success, Farrell seemed confident that Bradley was continuing to make progress in adjusting at the plate.
"I can't say [his adjustment period is] complete." Farrell said. "I don't think a player is ever complete in his work and his adjustments. That's ongoing."
This time around in Boston, however, Bradley figures to have a tough time getting at-bats. With Yoenis Cespedes firmly entrenched in left field, Allen Craig and Daniel Nava splitting time in right and Mookie Betts -- Bradley's August replacement -- taking off at the plate (.300 batting average with three home runs and eight RBIs in his last 10 games), Farrell made it clear that Bradley has fallen on the team's outfield depth chart.
"It'll be a balance to get everybody some equal playing time," Farrell said. "I can't even guarantee that it'll be equal because we're trying to get a read on multiple guys. ... We'll balance it as best we can."
In addition to Bradley being recalled, reliever Drake Britton was also brought up to Boston on Friday afternoon to help a bullpen that will see beleaguered closer Koji Uehara get a couple of days off as he looks to regain his form.
"Needed to get another arm in the bullpen," Farrell said, "and ideally a left-hander coming out of New York and knowing that Baltimore is going to be coming in here, Tampa -- teams with a high number of left-handers. Britton's back here with us."
• Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will once again see playing time with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs on Friday night, batting leadoff and playing center as the team continues its postseason run. Castillo played with Portland on Wednesday night, going 1-for-3 with a stolen base.
Farrell said that the team plans to have Castillo play seven innings Friday night and will ramp him up to a full nine innings the next time he takes the field.
"There's a progression that's in place," Farrell said. "Once he gets past seven it's typically a two-inning progression with each game played."