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With Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino injured, Daniel Nava in center

07.08.13 at 9:23 pm ET
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It would be a slight exaggeration to say that Daniel Nava has never played center field. He saw action there in one game with High-A Pawtucket in 2010, two in High-A Lancaster in 2008 and also saw some time at the position with the independent league Chico Outlaws in 2007. Still, clearly, it was going to take an extraordinary set of circumstances for him to see action at the position in the big leagues.

Welcome to Monday.

Shane Victorino is sidelined for a second straight game due to hamstring tightness. Jacoby Ellsbury experienced soreness in his third plate appearance on Sunday night and is out on Monday, getting treatment.

“Rather than risk anything further, we’re giving him a day out just to receive treatment,” manager John Farrell told reporters. “There was a swing on a changeup up and away that was somewhat of an awkward swing. That’s when he felt it. Continued through the game. … We’re hopeful this is something that will respond to treatment. If it doesn’t, certainly every test at that point will be taken.”

Victorino, Farrell told reporters, is available in an emergency, but for now, Nava represents the best (and really, the only healthy) option, explaining his spot as the center fielder and leadoff hitter on Monday. The Sox could adjust their roster as necessary to add Jackie Bradley Jr. from Pawtucket to fill in as a center fielder, though for now, the Sox remain in something of a holding pattern with their roster while also responding to the absence of Andrew Miller for the year, and while hoping to avoid the DL with Victorino and Ellsbury.

“It’s not what we were hoping for coming into Seattle, [a] bigger ballpark,” GM Ben Cherington told reporters. “We talked after the game last night, we felt like — we had a discussion about whether we needed to do anything there and we felt like both guys were not candidates to be DL’d or anything at that point. So we decided to remain with the status quo. Keep an eye on day to day, it’s obviously not a situation we want to be in for too long.”

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