Middlebrooks played 96 games at Double A Portland in 2011 before getting 16 games with Triple A Pawtucket. He hit .161 and returned to Triple A to start the 2012 season.
Middlebrooks hit .333 for Pawtucket with a 1.057 OPS in 24 games and then was promoted to the majors in May.
Bradley’s slump underscores the fact that he has skipped over Pawtucket after playing 61 games for Portland last season.
“I don’t think he’s faced the consistency of command by pitchers on the mound at previous levels,” Farrell said. “That’s as much a factor in this as anything.”
The last 12 days have been a whirlwind for Bradley. After making the team, he has played eight games in three cities against three different teams.
He has dozens of ticket requests, family members to attend to, and newfound celebrity. The Red Sox were selling T-shirts with his name and No. 44 on the back before he played his first game at Fenway Park.
“This is all just an adjustment period,” Bradley said. “I’ll be just fine, I promise.”