Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have claimed outfielder/first baseman Daniel Nava off waivers from the Red Sox after he was designated for assignment last week.
Nava played a big role for the Red Sox during their 2013 championship season, but he’s struggled to produce since then while getting less and less playing time in Boston.
Nava lacks power, but he has a lifetime .357 on-base percentage and if spotted mostly versus right-handed pitching the 32-year-old can still be a useful role player.
In need of roster space for new pickups, the Red Sox designated outfielder Daniel Nava for assignment.
Nava hit .303 in 134 games for the Red Sox in 2013, playing a key role in the team’s World Series title as a 30-year-old, but since then he’s hit just .252 with four homers and a .665 OPS in 142 games.
Nava has good on-base skills and can probably still be useful in a part-time role facing mostly right-handed pitchers, but as a 32-year-old corner outfielder with a career .387 slugging percentage the Red Sox deemed him expendable.
Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava is headed to the disabled list with a sprained thumb, which Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports “he’s been playing through for a while.”
Nava has struggled all season, hitting just .159 with zero homers in 27 games. Nava was previously a solid part-time player for the Red Sox, hitting .278 with good on-base skills and a .768 OPS from 2012-2014.
Boston has no shortage of outfielders, so by the time he gets healthy the Red Sox may not have much playing time available for Nava.
More health issues for Shane Victorino, as Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com was told by Red Sox manager John Farrell that the veteran outfielder was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Rangers due to “general overall soreness” which is “centralized somewhat” in his left calf. That’s a pretty specific description for something so general. At least it isn’t his back or hamstring again. The hope is that he’ll be ready to go soon.
Victorino hasn’t started a game since Sunday against the Mariners, but that’s because he’s only been playing against lefties. He was slated to do that tonight with Wandy Rodriguez on the hill for Texas, but now Daniel Nava will play right field. The wait for Rusney Castillo continues.
Victorino is 8-for-19 (.421) with a homer and a double since returning from the disabled list earlier this month.