Notes: Nava back from paternity leave

Notes: Nava back from paternity leave
August 8, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Daniel Nava will get his first start of the series in Game 3, replacing the slumping Jonny Gomes.

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KANSAS CITY – Daniel Nava returned to the Red Sox Thursday after being on paternity leave following the birth of his first child, daughter Faith, Monday morning.  To make room for him on the roster, knuckleballer Steven Wright was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
 
In 96 games, Nava is batting .282, with 10 home runs, 53 RBI, a .371 on-base percentage, and .420 slugging percentage. He's played right field (49 games), left (45 games), first base (12), center (one), and s DH (five).
 
He was in the lineup Thursday for the start of the four-game series against the Royals playing first base and batting seventh.
 
Wright has made four appearances in three stints with the Sox, going 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA. The knuckleballer made his first career major league start in his last outing on Tuesday in Houston and gave up three runs in one inning that featured a major league record-tying four passed balls by catcher Ryan Lavarnway. With Pawtucket, he is 5-6 with a 3.89 ERA 19 starts.  
 
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Right-hander Clay Buchholz threw Thursday afternoon on flat ground from about 90 feet.
 
“And as he said probably the most aggressive he’s been at 90 feet,” manager John Farrell said. “Tomorrow, he’ll be back on the mound. So he’s making steady progress.”
 
Buchholz, out since June 8, is scheduled for another bullpen session on Friday, making about 30-35 pitches.
 
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Left-hander Franklin Morales threw one inning in a rehab outing Wednesday with Double-A Portland. He gave up one run on two hits. In five rehab appearances, four with Triple-A Pawtucket, he has allowed one run with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
 
Morales could be activated this weekend.
 
“We were all set to go to 35-40 pitches in this last outing,” Farrell said. “The personal situation came up [scratching him from his Tuesday outing].  So we adjusted to just one inning to keep him avail in this series.”
 
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Right-hander Alex Wilson, on the 15-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, has been shut down in his rehab assignment. Wilson has had a recurrence of soreness in his thumb. At this point there is no timetable for him to pitch again. In four rehab games with Pawtucket, he has given up two runs in 4 1/3 innings. ... There was no update on catcher David Ross, who traveled to Pittsburgh Thursday to be re-evaluated by concussion specialist Dr. Michael Collins. If he is cleared, Ross will begin a rehab assignment with Portland on Friday.