Daniel Nava 1B/LF/RF BOS 2 weeks ago

Nava started in left field in place of the resting Hanley Ramirez and went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored and two RBI in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

Through five games, Nava's found his way into three of them. He has four hits and four RBI the last two games.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF/RF BOS 2 weeks ago

Nava went 2-for-3 with two RBI in Friday night's 19-inning win over the Yankees.

Nava's started twice in the first four games, replacing Shane Victorino in right field. His left-handed bat should get him in the lineup two-to-three times per week.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF/RF BOS 2 weeks ago

Nava went 0-for-4 with a run scored in Wednesday night's loss to the Phillies.

Nava made his season debut, replacing Shane Victorino in right field, because Philadelphia started right-hander Aaron Harang. The Red Sox lineup favors right-handed batters and any chance manager John Farrell has to get the left-handed hitting Nava into the lineup, he will. This is not a strict platoon, but early on we expect Farrell to take it easy on Victorino, who had surgery on his back last year.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF/RF BOS 2 weeks ago

Nava will start in right field and bat sixth for the Red Sox on Tuesday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Nava could be part of a soft platoon with Shane Victorino, as Nava's splits favor right-handed pitching and Victorino's favor south paws, but nothing is set in stone at this point. Another explanation could be that Victorino ran into the wall during Tuesday's game, and something developed overnight. Regardless, Nava will start in right field Wednesday, sending Victorino to the bench.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF/RF BOS 1 month ago

Nava went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI in Sunday's game against Philadelphia.

Nava should make the Opening Day roster as a backup, but stands out because he's a left-handed hitter on a team with a lot of righties and has some position versatility.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF/RF BOS 2 months ago

Nava batted lefthanded against a lefty pitcher during Boston's spring training camp against Boston College.

Nava, who struck out and grounded out, is experimenting with hitting from the left side exclusively.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF/RF BOS 2 months ago

Nava has been hitting exclusively from the left side of the plate during spring training, the Providence Journal reports.

This is something Nava flirted with during the offseason, when took some left-on-left at-bats against pitchers at Grand Canyon University in Arizona. He's a .293 hitter with a .385 on-base percentage from the left side in the majors, but has hit just .209/.287 as a right-handed batter. With Boston's right-leaning lineup, being an effective left-handed bat, coupled with position versatility, should improve Nava's chances for at-bats and playing time.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF/RF BOS 2 months ago

Nava's ability to hit from the left-hand side of the plate in a right-leaning lineup should secure a bench role for him this season, the Boston Herald reports.

The additions of Hanley Ramirez and Rusney Castillo, plus the emergence of Mookie Betts means Nava is competing for a bench role. Since adding first base to his defensive resume, Nava makes himself more useful to manager John Farrell, who sees his left-handed bat as a "great complement." Nava has a career .813 OPS against right-handed pitchers.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF/RF BOS 3 months ago

Nava agreed to a one-year, $1.85 million contract with the Red Sox to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Nava is part of a crowded outfield, but it's still possible the Red Sox will swing another trade before the start of the season. If not, Nava may have a hard time earning regular playing time, even against right-handed pitching. He mentioned earlier in the offseason that he's thinking about giving up switch-hitting, but it's unclear whether he will actually make the change. Either way, Nava doesn't figure to see many plate appearances against southpaws.

Daniel Nava 1B/LF/RF BOS 3 months ago

Nava is giving thought to no longer switch-hitting, WEEI.com reports.

Nava owns a .293/.385/.428 career slash line as a left-handed hitter, compared to a dismal .209/.287/.298 line from the right side of the plate. Of course, it's been a long time since he tried to hit a left-handed pitcher from the left side, so he may just stick to switch-hitting. Either way, Nava is part of a logjam in the Boston outfield, with Hanley Ramirez and Rusney Castillo seemingly locked into starting jobs, while Nava, Allen Craig, Shane Victorino (back) and Mookie Bets are all candidates to see significant playing time. Nava will likely work in a part-time role that rarely requires him to face left-handed pitching.