|Daniel Nava claimed off waivers by Rays||08.05.15 at 11:49 am ET|
The 32-year-old Nava had been designated for assignment by the Red Sox on July 30. The order of priority for waiver claim goes by current record, with whatever league the team executing the transaction resides in getting first crack. (In other words, in this case the worst team in the American League would get priority to select a player ahead of the worst team in the National League.)
Tampa Bay enters Wednesday’s action at 54-54, two games out of the final wild card spot. Two teams, Minnesota and Baltimore, reside in front of Tampa for that last playoff position, with the Angels and Blue Jays currently sitting in the wild card slots.
The Rays will be on the hook to pay Nava the remainder of his $1.85 million salary for 2015 (approximately $617,000, according to MLB Trade Rumors). He remains arbitration-eligible for the next two seasons.
Nava recently came off the 15-day disabled list after experiencing thumb and wrist issues. The switch-hitter was 10-for-66 with eight walks and two doubles for the Red Sox this season, managing just one hit in 11 at-bats against lefties.
He figures to slot into the role left behind by the recently traded David DeJesus, with Nava coming off a 2014 season in which he managed a .323 batting average and .810 OPS against righties from June 1 until the end of the schedule.
Nava’s best season came in 2013 when he played in 134 games and compiled a .303 batting average and .831 OPS.
|Red Sox moves: Daniel Nava DFA’d, Tommy Layne optioned; Jonathan Aro recalled, Jean Machi activated||07.30.15 at 4:55 pm ET|
The Red Sox made a few roster moves prior to Thursday’s series finale with the White Sox, primarily to help the depleted Red Sox bullpen due to three consecutive poor starts by Red Sox starting pitching.
Daniel Nava was designated for assignment and left-hander Tommy Layne was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket. The corresponding moves had Jonathan Aro recalled and reliever Jean Machi activated after the Sox claimed him earlier in the week off waivers.
“We needed the space to get two fresh arms here,” manager John Farrell said. “Unfortunately for Daniel, whose story is an incredible one, the path that he’s traveled, there were some extended period of success for him here, but as opportunity diminished and the productivity was inconsistent the decision to designate him to make room was made.”
Nava was hitting .152 in 29 games with the Red Sox this season. He battled a thumb injury for most of the season, which Farrell said had an impact on his performance. Nava’s story is a unique one as he didn’t even make his college team at Santa Clara University. The Red Sox paid Nava’s Independent Ball team $1 for his rights back in 2007.
The switch-hitter made his major league debut in 2010 and became the fourth player in MLB history to hit a grand slam in his first major league at bat and the second to do it on the first pitch.
Things have gone downhill for him following the 2013 season where he hit .303 and played a major part in the Red Sox winning the World Series. Last season he hit .270 overall, but this was after spending time in Triple-A. Then this year, it’s been a struggle, partly because of the thumb.
“There were a couple of things,” Farrell said of his struggles. “I think at the beginning of ’14 there was some fundamental differences that maybe had him with a little bit more of an uphill path that when he went down to Pawtucket he was able to correct and came back last year and had a solid second half of the year for us. This year I thought he maintained some of those fundamental changes, but yet the production wasn’t there. As a result the opportunities started to diminish. There’s no question the thumb (injury) had an effect on his ability to repeat his swing. Those things combined never really allowed him to stay on track and him be the consistent hitter he was in 2013.”
|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: RHP Michael Kopech apologizes for suspension; shortstops Marco Hernandez, Tzu-Wei Lin earn promotions||07.17.15 at 9:02 am ET|
The Boston organization received the news Thursday that RHP Michael Kopech (Boston’s No. 10 prospect at MLB.com) received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Oxilofrine, a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension goes into effect immediately. His team, Single-A Greenville, has 50 games remaining, so this effectively ends Kopech’s season. The 19-year-old was 4-5 with a 2.63 ERA this year over 16 starts with 70 strikeouts in 65 innings. Kopech had allowed just six earned runs combined over his last six outings, a total of 27 1/3 innings (1.97 ERA).
Kopech released the following statement to MiLB.com:
“I would like to start by apologizing to all of baseball, baseball fans, and specifically the Red Sox and Red Sox fan base. I respect the game as much, if not more than, anyone else. With that being said, I never have and never will intentionally cheat the game that has been so great to me. I haven’t bought any supplements that aren’t NSF certified for sport. Therefore, I know I have not bought a supplement containing this drug. I have never heard of Oxilofrine, honestly. Apparently, it is a drug that many people use for weight loss. I have been trying to gain weight since I signed with the Red Sox. I do understand this is also a stimulant. This drug would have no positive outcome for me and that’s why I chose to appeal. I realized I didn’t have much evidence to prove that I’m innocent, but I didn’t have any understanding of how I could have failed a test. I respect the system and understand why they have to be so careful with the testing. I also understand why that means my suspension couldn’t have been overturned without proper evidence. I have 50 games to get to work and better myself and as a ball player. Next season I’ll be better than ever. Drug free.”
Kopech was selected by Boston in the first round (33rd overall) of the 2014 draft, receiving a $1.67 million bonus out of high school in Texas.
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (39-53): L, 9-7, at Durham (Rays)
— Shortstop Marco Hernandez was promoted from Double-A Portland and made his Pawtucket debut, batting ninth and going 1-for-4 with a high-chopping single over the head of the pitcher and a run scored during a four-run fifth inning. Hernandez also struck out, popped out and grounded out.
The 22-year old Hernandez was named MVP of the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday night in Portland, capping off a first half in which he hit a league-leading .326 through 68 games and took a 12-game hitting streak into the break. Hernandez, the player to be named later in last summer’s trade of Felix Doubront to the Cubs, also showed some pop with five home runs, four triples and 21 doubles on the year.
— Rehabbing Daniel Nava (strained left thumb), hitting in the leadoff spot of the order and playing first base, gave Pawtucket a temporary 7-5 lead in the eighth inning with a two-out, two-strike, three-run home run over the wall in left field. Nava also singled home a run in the fifth. The 32-year-old has played in eight rehab games with the PawSox, and over his last three is 7-for-12 with seven RBIs and three runs scored.
— RHP Heath Hembree, on a rehab assignment, was charged with the blown save as he entered with a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth and did not record an out. Hembree allowed allowed a walk, a single, a batter to reach on a sacrifice bunt (the lead runner was called safe at third base on a close play), and a bases-clearing double down the third-base line before being lifted.
|Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens takes loss after 1 trouble inning; Yoan Moncada stays hot||07.06.15 at 8:05 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-47): L, 4-1, at Syracuse (Nationals)
— LHP Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) had just one trouble inning, with less-than-perfect defense played behind him, but it was enough to saddle Owens with the loss and drop his record to 2-7 on the season while tarnishing his final line: 6 2/3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO (102 pitches, 65 strikes).
In the third, a leadoff walk and double against Owens gave Syracuse a 1-0 lead. After a bunt single put two aboard, Owens induced back-to-back ground balls to third, the second of which probably could have been a double play if not for a drop on the exchange by second baseman Mike Miller. Instead, another run crossed the plate and Owens then allowed a two-run homer to center by Syracuse cleanup hitter Kevin Keyes.
Owens, 22, recovered to retire 12 of the final 13 batters he faced. The seven strikeouts tied a season high for Owens, as did the four earned runs allowed. A 6-foot-6 lefty from Huntington Beach, California, Owens was selected by Boston with the 36th overall pick of the 2011 draft out of high school. In 2014 Owens was 17-5 with a 2.94 ERA over 26 combined starts between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket.
— RHP Dayan Diaz made his sixth straight scoreless appearance out of the bullpen, adding 1 1/3 spotless innings of action to his ledger on Sunday. The 26-year-old Colombian, signed by the Red Sox as a minor league free agent in 2013, was promoted to Triple-A this year on May 11 after striking out 17 in 15 2/3 innings with Double-A Portland. Since June 13 Diaz has pitched 12 1/3 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts to four walks.
— The PawSox offense managed just four hits in the game, including one from rehabbing right fielder Daniel Nava (sprained thumb). The 32-year-old Nava also stole a base and now is 2-for-8 through three rehab games. The final 14 Pawtucket batters were retired in order on Sunday.
— Center fielder Rusney Castillo went 0-for-3 with a walk, as did Allen Craig as the DH.
|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Cole Sturgeon the Portland hero with emergency win, walkoff run; Trey Ball, Michael Kopech rolling in Single-A||07.03.15 at 9:46 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-44): L, 14-2, vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)
— Boston outfielder Daniel Nava began his rehab assignment (sprained thumb), hitting in the two-hole as the DH and going 1-for-3 with two strikeouts. Nava, 32, was placed on the DL on May 28 after struggling through a .159 start to his season in Boston through 27 games.
— The PawSox took a short-lived 2-1 lead in the third on an RBI groundout by center fielder Rusney Castillo and an RBI single from right fielder Carlos Peguero. Then Scranton/W-B opened up the floodgates with a five-run fourth inning and a seven-run sixth, battering Pawtucket RHP Zeke Spruill for 10 earned runs on 11 hits over his 5 1/3 innings.
— LHP Edwin Escobar (Boston’s No. 17 prospect at MLB.com) was no answer out of the bullpen, as the 23-year-old allowed four earned runs in just two-thirds of a inning. Escobar entered with the bases loaded in the sixth and gave up a grand slam, followed by a walk, two singles and two doubles. Escobar missed the first two months of the season with elbow inflammation, and since returning to Pawtucket has allowed 12 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings (12.46 ERA). Escobar was acquired with RHP Heath Hembree from San Francisco in exchange for Jake Peavy near the 2014 MLB trade deadline.
— First baseman Allen Craig had the only multi-hit night for the PawSox, going 2-for-4. In 42 games with Pawtucket, Craig’s slash line is .282/.403/.383. He has hits in four of his last five games after hitting just .235 over 24 games in June.
|Red Sox pregame notes: Brian Johnson not on his way up despite skipped start Wednesday; Daniel Nava injury update||06.03.15 at 12:12 pm ET|
There was some buzz Wednesday morning when the PawSox lineup card was released and scheduled starter Brian Johnson was not on it and Miguel Celestino was starting in his place.
With Eduardo Rodriguez called up and making his major league debut last week, there was speculation it could be Johnson’s turn this week, but manager John Farrell poured cold water over that thought.
“There’s a typical approach taken with all starters there where they ail skip a start at some point in time the year and it wasn’t to bring him up or anything other than kind of a normal cycle guys go through,” Farrell said.
Farrell anticipates Johnson to make his next scheduled start with Pawtucket five days from now.
Johnson is 6-3 with a 2.62 ERA in 10 starts with the PawSox this season. This is following a 2014 season which saw him go 13-3 with a 2.13 ERA in 25 starts between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland.
— Daniel Nava was placed on the 15-day disabled list last Thursday with a left thumb strain. Following an MRI, there’s no timetable for his return.
“Has not swung a bat yet,” Farrell said. “The MRI confirmed that there is a contusion in the muscle in the left hand that’s up from the thumb towards the palm. There’s inflammation that is going on there that they are still trying to calm down and heel. So, he’s going through treatment, some strengthening and I don’t have a date that he will put a bat back in his hand yet.”
OTHER RED SOX NOTES
— There was a report early Wednesday morning that the Red Sox had acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Orioles. Farrell wouldn’t confirm or deny the report, but did say if they were to add an outfielder, he wouldn’t be added to the roster for Game 2.
“I’m aware of the report that is out there on acquiring another outfielder,” Farrell said. “There’s no move to announce right now. The best thing I can say is Ben [Cherington] is always looking for ways to improve the roster and look at every opportunity to do that.”
|Source: Red Sox place Daniel Nava on DL, reliever Robbie Ross summoned||05.28.15 at 1:52 pm ET|
ARLINGTON, Texas — According to a major league source, the Red Sox have placed outfielder Daniel Nava on the disabled list and recalled left-hander Robbie Ross.
There had been speculation that Nava would be designated for assignment, particularly after the Red Sox acquired outfielder Carlos Peguero from the Rangers on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Peguero is a left-handed hitter with excellent power (167 HRs in the minors).
Nava, meanwhile, is hitting just .159 with no homers and a .440 OPS in 27 games. Counted on to provide balance to an overwhelmingly right-handed lineup, the switch-hitting Nava (who’s far better from the left side) instead never got untracked. He even briefly gave up switch hitting, facing lefties from the left side and going 0-for-2.
There’s no word yet on what his injury is, but a DL stint allows him to remain in the organization. Because he’s out of options, he couldn’t be sent to Triple-A without first being exposed to every other team in baseball.
As for Ross, he owns a 5.14 ERA in 14 appearances. He’s already in Texas, and will be active against his former team. He went 13-8 with a 4.06 ERA from 2012-14 with the Rangers.
|Red Sox injury updates: Shane Victorino out with ‘general soreness'; Pablo Sandoval ‘much improved’||05.21.15 at 5:10 pm ET|
Shane Victorino was in the original lineup posted shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, but just a few minutes later a revised one was sent out with Victorino scratched and Daniel Nava inserted to make his third straight start in right field.
“[Victorino] is held out tonight with some soreness,” said manager John Farrell. “It’s more centralized around the left calf. Not anything related to the lower back or hamstring that he’s dealt with in the past. Precautionary he’s held out tonight.”
The right fielder was inserted as a pinch-hitter for Nava Wednesday and went 2-for-2. He is hitting .421 since returning from the disabled list on May 11 following a hamstring injury suffered on April 25.
“Not anything inside of last night’s game that caused anything,” said Farrell of the late scratch. “Just general soreness. Like I said, general soreness overall, but somewhat localized in the calf.”
Farrell is hopeful he will be available over the weekend.
Over the past two seasons, Victorino has missed a total of 153 games with a variety of injuries, mostly to his back and hamstring. Given the 34 year old’s injury history, Farrell said it wasn’t totally unexpected to have to scratch him without much advance notice.
“Not unexpected to a certain extent,” Farrell said. “You know you’re going to have to run him out there a few days, back off on days even if he feels he’s capable. Almost to protect him against himself. This is a little bit unforeseen, but like I said, you walk in the clubhouse everyday knowing there are 25 guys at your disposal and that is not always the case.”
The news is better for third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who is out of the lineup again after missing Wednesday’s game following taking a 97 mph fastball off the knee Tuesday night.
“Pablo is much improved today,” said Farrell. “There is still some soreness there. Giving him another day, particularly with a left-handed starter on the mound and we anticipate him back in the lineup tomorrow.”
Brock Holt starts at third base in Sandoval’s absence.
It’s also worth noting Rusney Castillo will return to the PawSox lineup Thursday and hit second following being out the last two days on paternity leave. It shouldn’t be long before the outfielder is in Boston.
|Closing Time: Red Sox can’t get clutch hit, Joe Kelly’s strong start spoiled in loss||05.20.15 at 10:23 pm ET|
Wednesday was Rangers starter Phil Klien’s first major league start, and just fifth professional start, as Texas has converted the reliever into a starter, but you wouldn’t know it by the way the Red Sox made him look.
The home team scored just one run off him in his 5 1/3 innings, and that would be all the runs they would score in the game, as they fell to the Rangers 2-1.
It wasn’t that they didn’t have any chances, as they had the bases loaded with one out in the sixth inning and didn’t score, runners on second and third with two outs in the fourth and didn’t score, runners on first and second for Hanley Ramirez in the seventh and didn’t score, and a runner on second with one out in the ninth and didn’t score.
Simply, the team just couldn’t get a clutch hit.
“There were a number times where we squared a ball up and someone is either running something down in the gap, or someone standing right there,” manger John Farrell said. “Mookie [Betts], five hard hit balls tonight, Hanley [Ramirez] with couple of line outs to end a couple of threats, Bogey [Xander Bogaerts] with a two-out line drive to center field — we’re getting a number of good at-bats, the ball is just not falling right now.”
As a team they were just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and with their two outs with the bases loaded in the sixth, they are now 0 for their last 19 with the bases loaded as a team. Bogaerts provided the Red Sox with their only offense — a line shot that easily cleared the Monster for his second home run of the season in the fifth inning.
The lack of offense spoiled a good start from Joe Kelly. The right-hander went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, while walking one and striking out seven. It was the seventh straight game the Red Sox starter has gone at least six innings allowing two earned runs or less.
“After the third inning he really settled in,” Farrell said. “He used his curve ball a little bit more, elevated some fastballs for some strikeouts. And on a night where he wasn’t completely healthy in terms of some illness he was dealing with, he threw the ball exceptionally well
The Red Sox are averaging 2.39 runs per game in the month of May, and are now 19-21 after 40 games.
“It’s been a little bit up-and-down,” Farrell said of the season. “Of late we’re getting much more consistent pitching. You’d like to see, and I think we will see, an offense that is certainly going to score more runs than we have over the last eight or 10 games. I like where we are right now.”
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Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:
|Red Sox lineup: Pablo Sandoval (knee) out, Daniel Nava back in right field vs. Rangers||at 3:11 pm ET|
A night after getting hit in the knee with a pitch, Pablo Sandoval is out of the Red Sox lineup Wednesday night against the Rangers.
Brock Holt will take over at third base in Sandoval’s absence. Daniel Nava gets his second straight start in right field, although manager John Farrell on Dale & Holley said Shane Victorino would start in the series finale Thursday night.
Blake Swihart will be back behind the plate catching Red Sox starter Joe Kelly, as the Red Sox lineup goes up against right-hander Phil Klein.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
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