|Red Sox notes: Clay Buchholz rehab timetable lengthened; searching for Daniel Nava||06.02.14 at 8:23 pm ET|
CLEVELAND — Though right-hander Clay Buchholz was scheduled to throw a simulated game against Red Sox hitters on Monday, the Red Sox have pushed that back by several days — to Saturday –in order to first give the pitcher more time to work on his delivery while he resides on the disabled list for a hyperextended left knee.
“We’ve adjusted the plan that we originally set out to take advantage of the time right now to keep working on the delivery items that have been identified,” said Sox manager John Farrell. “There was some work down in the bullpen today. There will be another bullpen on Wednesday with that sim game being pushed back to Saturday now.”
The Sox will wait until after the simulated game before determining what kind of rehab assignment Buchholz might need before returning to the rotation. Given that Saturday will mark Buchholz’s 12th day on the disabled list, it seems that his stay on the D.L. will go beyond the 15-day minimum while he works on his delivery. Read the rest of this entry »
|Shane Victorino (hamstring) heads to DL, Daniel Nava recalled||05.24.14 at 1:48 pm ET|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Shane Victorino’s stay on the active roster with the Red Sox lasted just four weeks.
After coming back from a right hamstring injury in April, the outfielder aggravated the same injury Friday night while running out a ground ball in the ninth inning of a 1-0 loss to the Rays. He was replaced by Jonny Gomes. Victorino was 0-for-4 Friday and is hitting .242 with one home run and 10 RBI in 91 at-bats.
Taking his spot on the roster is Daniel Nava, who was impressive his four-week stay at Triple-A Pawucket.
Nava, 31, rejoins the Red Sox for his second stint in the majors this season. He appeared in 17 games for Boston this year before being optioned to Pawtucket on April 22. With the PawSox, Nava has hit .253 (21-for-83) with three doubles, three home runs, and 14 RBI in 24 games.
In the majors in 2014, Nava has batted .149 (10-for-67) with two doubles, two home runs, and three RBI. Defensively this season with Boston, he has played 15 games in right field (14 starts), three games in left field (1 start), and two at first base (both starts).
|Red Sox minor league roundup: The Other Henry in Portland; Daniel Nava’s strikeout woes; William Cuevas dazzles; Manuel Margot maturing||05.08.14 at 11:44 am ET|
A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 4-0 LOSS VS. TOLEDO (TIGERS)
— On the one hand, Brandon Workman allowed only four hits and five baserunners in a season-high seven innings of work while striking out five. He blitzed through those seven frames in just 87 pitches (57 strikes — 65 percent). On the other hand, all four of those hits were solo homers. Workman had retired 19 of 21 batters (permitting only one solo homer) through 6 1/3 innings before giving up solo homers to three of the next five batters he faced.
Of course, Workman and the Sox accept that hard contact and homers are an inevitable, occasional byproduct of his aggressive strike-throwing nature. In his minor league career, he’s averaged 0.9 homers per nine innings in part because he is relentless of his usage of the fastball in the zone, resulting in days such as Wednesday where he works deep but does permit some runs. (The four-homer yield was the second of his career.) In five starts in Pawtucket, he has a 5.00 ERA with 8.7 strikeouts and 2.3 walks per nine innings.
— Infielder Ryan Roberts went 2-for-4 with a double for his fourth multi-hit game in his last five games with a plate appearance. He’s 8-for-20 with three doubles in that time, and he’s gone six games without striking out to improve his line to .286/.333/.381.
— Daniel Nava went 0-for-4 with three punchouts, making him 0-for-7 in his last two games. Though his return to the minors had started well, he’s recently hit a bit of a dry spell in which he’s been swinging and missing with notable frequency. He has struck out 15 times in his 11 games in Triple-A — or one out of every three plate appearances.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 8-3 LOSS AT READING (PHILLIES)
— Outfielder Henry Ramos is amidst a torrid stretch. He went 3-for-3 with a pair of homers, his second career multi-homer contest, and also added a walk. In his last five games, he’s 11-for-19 with two homers, two doubles and a walk, good for a gaudy .579/.600/1.000 line. The eruption has improved the switch-hitter’s line for the year to .327 with a .361 OBP and .460 slugging mark. Read the rest of this entry »
|Red Sox minor league roundup: Daniel Nava returns to form; time for scorching Travis Shaw to move up?; Carlos Asuaje dominating||05.03.14 at 11:09 am ET|
The natural reaction might have been to sulk for a bit. But that would have been a waste of time.
Daniel Nava didn’t lament his surroundings when he was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket just over a week ago. Instead, he took the feedback that he received from the Red Sox — a need to improve his two-strike approach, to rediscover the swing that made him such a critical offensive contributor in 2013, to work on his defensive versatility — and went about applying it.
“With him, knowing his character and makeup, obviously there’s going to be some disappointment there, but he’s handled it beautifully. He’s worked hard,” said Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles. “He’s jumped right into our routines. And the workouts he’s done, the way he’s played the game, he’s staying aggressive at the plate, he’s working counts, and the versatility in the outfield, he’s working hard to make sure he keeps that up. He’s had a great attitude.”
In the early paces of his time in Triple-A, he’s also delivered a compelling performance. On Friday night, he went 1-for-3 with a grand slam and a walk. In seven games back in Triple-A, Nava is hitting .333 with a .414 OBP, .625 slugging mark and two homers. The reports for the Sox have been encouraging, suggesting a player who will be in position to help should the need arise sooner rather than later.
“He’s back to an approach we saw here last year,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “Defensively, he’s played all three outfield positions, including DH, but the disappointment of going down has been short-lived or hasn’t filtered into his work between the lines, and he’s swinging the bat well.”
For now, with Jackie Bradley Jr. having laid claim to the everyday job in centerfield, Nava wouldn’t be summoned back to the big leagues unless an injury necessitated his call-up. But depending on what direction Grady Sizemore‘s performance takes, it appears that the Sox will be able to take comfort with the idea of a summons to the big leagues for Nava, given his resemblance to the player who broke out for them last year as opposed to the one who could not find his way against big league pitching this year.
|Red Sox minor league roundup: Daniel Nava begins the road back; Matt Barnes starts the road forward; Brian Johnson dominating||04.26.14 at 12:56 pm ET|
A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday . . .
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 6-2 WIN VS. ROCHESTER (TWINS)
— Right-hander Matt Barnes, who joined the PawSox after opening the year in extended spring training after early spring shoulder tenderness resulted in a gradual buildup pace, tossed five innings in his first start of the season in Pawtucket, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits (five singles and a double) while walking two and striking out two. He struggled with his control, throwing just 44 of 81 pitches for strikes (54 percent) and, according to the MiLB.com’s Gameday tracker, he elicited just four swings and misses. Still, he showed good arm strength for his first outing, as Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times reported that Barnes touched 96 mph and sat at 93-94 on the stadium scoreboard.
— Daniel Nava, in his first game in Triple-A since being optioned, went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a steal. (He was also credited with a caught stealing at the plate while trying to advance during a Cecchini rundown.) Two of that plate appearances came against lefties, with Nava reaching on a hit and walk in those two plate appearances.
Nava suggested that even though he hadn’t anticipated being sent down, he wasn’t shocked once he was shipped to the minors.
‘It was something that I definitely wasn’t expecting, but at the same time, when it was brought to my attention, I understood why,” Nava, who was hitting .149 with a .240 OBP and .269 slugging mark, told the Pawtucket Times. “I just want to go out and play better, and this is an opportunity to do that.
“I feel that there’s no one to blame or get mad at them for anything. It also doesn’t matter if I view (getting sent down) as this or that,” he added. “The whole goal for everyone in that clubhouse is to get up or back to Boston. For me, this is an opportunity to get back on track, which is the best way I can really look at it.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Mike Hazen on D&C: ‘Daniel Nava’s going to be back here hitting again’||04.24.14 at 10:05 am ET|
Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday to discuss Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda‘s use of pine tar and other updates about the Red Sox. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
“The manager doesn’t have to [alert the umpires],” Hazen said. “The umpire can certainly go out there and initiate it. I don’t think the umpires are staring at the starting pitcher on those types of situations.”
Wednesday’s incident marked the second time Pineda was caught with a foreign substance on his skin while playing the Red Sox this month.
“I don’t know if that crew was made aware of the situation that happened last time,” Hazen said. “Maybe they weren’t, maybe they hadn’t. Obviously, our coaching staff was more aware of it after what had happened the first time. I’m sure they were watching for it a little more closely, so I think it’s more — had it maybe gone on for multiple innings, maybe the umpires would have looked at it, but I don’t think it’s the first thing you look at if I’m an umpire or whoever’s standing on the field. I’m watching the game.”
After Tuesday night’s 9-2 loss to the Yankees, the Red Sox optioned Daniel Nava to Triple-A Pawtucket. Nava was hitting .149 with a .240 OBP and a .269 slugging percentage at the time of the demotion.
“Unfortunately, I think it became more of an obvious thing as we went into it,” Hazen said. “Certainly what Daniel had done for us last year — this guy was one of the best hitters in baseball last year, and I don’t think that’s an overstatement given the skills he had at getting on base.
“Daniel’s been through this before. We took him off the roster last time, and he resurrected himself again. He’s too good of a hitter unless he’s hurt, which he’s not, or he’s forgotten how to hit, which he hasn’t. Daniel Nava’s going to be back here hitting again.”
|John Farrell on Dale & Holley: Red Sox’ search for lineup stability may subside with return of Shane Victorino||04.23.14 at 3:25 pm ET|
Red Sox manager John Farrell , in his weekly interview on WEEI’s Dale & Holley show, confirmed that the Sox informed Nava last night that he was being optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. To listen to the interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
After hitting .303 with a .385 OBP last year, Nava has struggled to a .149 average and .240 OBP.
“That’s never a fun conversation. I think he was certainly disappointed by the news he was going to be optioned back. He was a big part of this offense last year, particularly as a left-handed hitter. But we’ve got to get him back on track. The at-bats and the consistency of at-bats is not there right now as it was a year ago. There’s a need for a little bit more of a consistent two-strike approach, and he needs to go back and continue to get reps as a right-handed hitter,” said Farrell. “We feel like he’s going to contribute to this offense before the year is out. We’ve just got to get him back hitting with confidence and just the overall game played with more confidence.”
Nava will be replaced on the roster by right-hander Alex Wilson on Wednesday, but Shane Victorino is expected to return as soon as Thursday. While the 33-year-old has struggled during his minor league rehab assignment (1-for-11, an infield hit), Farrell believes that Victorino will immediately change the team’s dynamic.
“He will have an impact I think the day he walks onto the field for us. One, physically, he feels good. That’s the biggest question that we had to answer, just the ability to go back-to-back days. The durability, that is there,” said Farrell. “His defense impacts every game he plays in right field. So, first and foremost, where we’ve had some balls that have come back to bite us a little bit in right field, that will be the impact on the defensive side.
“Timing-wise at the plate, we know that will continue as he gets at-bats here at the big league level,” he added. “Saying that he’s going to step back in and he’ll be a .400 on-base guy, that’s not the expectation. But I think we miss the defense. We miss the energy that he brings, and the overall attitude he adds to the edge of this club once we take the field.”
Victorino’s return could help bring the Sox a measure of lineup stability that has been absent. The loss of Victorino — the primary occupant of the second spot in the Red Sox batting order last year — and the departure of leadoff constant Jacoby Ellsbury in free agency has left the Sox in a state of some lineup disorientation, with five different leadoff hitters and 19 different lineups — none of which has been featured more than twice. (The lineup featured by Farrell on Wednesday will be the Sox’ 20th of the year.) Read the rest of this entry »
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