JBJ redeems himself with sensational throw

After tripping on previous play, teams up for double play

JBJ redeems himself with sensational throw

BOSTON -- For Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., Friday night's 9-4 victory over the D-backs started with a somewhat embarrassing fall. Jean Segura hit the first pitch of the game in the air to right-center. Bradley slipped to the ground before he could make what would have been a routine catch.

One pitch later, Bradley was on his horse, making a fine running catch of Phil Gosselin's sinking liner.

Bradley also released a throw home so quickly that Segura changed his mind about trying to score. Catcher Bryan Holaday grabbed the strong throw from Bradley and fired to third, where Segura was nabbed before he could get back in time.

The play was scored 8-2-5, and Bradley had his 12th assist of the season, which leads all Major League center fielders. According to Statcast™, Bradley's throw was clocked at 97.7 mph.

"I don't know that I've seen that much action two pitches into a game," said Red Sox manager John Farrell.

The redemption was sweet for Bradley.

"You definitely just have to stay with it. I wanted to be able to make a play and make up for not catching the first ball," said Bradley.

It was odd to see the normally graceful Bradley fall down in pursuit of a ball.

"Just tripped," Bradley said. "Clumsy."

In truth, there might be more to it than that.

"He's been battling a right big toe [injury] from being hit by a foul ball, and if you notice, his first-step quickness is probably a little bit less than [normal]," said Farrell. "There were some balls he got to, but maybe not in the typical fashion of Jackie."

After the game, Bradley seemed to be walking with a slight limp.

"I'm not able to push off like I want to and get through with the breaks [on balls] that I want, but I tried to play as hard as I could through it," said Bradley.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.