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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jackie Bradley Jr. found himself in a difficult situation by the end of spring training.
The pedestal he had reached in the spring of 2013 was impossible to replicate in 2014. He’d gone about his business, gotten his at-bats, played hard, made a few nice plays in the outfield, and genuinely believed he had made progress as a young player trying to break into the majors.
But he was met with two forces beyond his control — living up to the standards he set last spring (he hit .419) and the improbable comeback of Grady Sizemore.
as a young player trying to break into the majors.