BOSTON -- Daniel Nava will not travel with the Red Sox for their series in Houston, which starts on Monday. Nava and his wife, Rachel, are expecting their first child soon so Nava will be placed on the paternity leave list.
According to the collective bargaining agreement, a player placed on the paternity leave list must miss at least one game but no more than three, meaning Nava should return to the club, at the latest, for the Royals series in Kansas City that starts on Thursday.
The Red Sox are allowed to replace Nava's spot on the roster with either a position player or a pitcher. Manager John Farrell hinted on Sunday that the Red Sox would call up righty pitcher Brandon Workman to take Nava's spot.
Workman was sent to Pawtucket on Thursday. Though he normally wouldn't be able to be recalled until he has spent 10 days in the minors, the Red Sox will receive an exemption when Nava goes to the paternity leave list that would make Workman eligible to be recalled.
- Righty Ruby De La Rosa was recalled on Saturday and was eligible to pitch against the Diamondbacks but did not make an appearance.
Farrell explained that De La Rosa -- who underwent Tommy John surgery two yeas ago -- may be able to serve as a long reliever since he has been used as a starter while with Triple A Pawtucket.
His on-the-mound stamina could come in to play for the Red Sox, whose relievers may still be feeling the aftereffects of throwing 25.2 innings over their previous six games.
"He's here because he's got the ability to go multiple innings for us," Farrell said. "If a starter checks out early, he's a guy that's built up. He's pitched in the big leagues before, he's had success, he's come back from surgery. He's got power stuff. The thing we'll key on is the consistency."
Reliever Pedro Beato was optioned to Pawtucket to make room for De La Rosa.
- Mike Carp will start in left field against the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon. He last played on Thursday, when he got three at-bats against the Mariners, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
Farrell said that he and the Red Sox are making a concerted effort to make sure Carp doesn't go too many consecutive days without at-bats. That hasn't always been easy as Jonny Gomes and Daniel Nava have earned at-bats and innings in left field.
"I don't want to get one individual too far away from recent activity," Farrell said. "That's where we've been able to keep some continuity with at-bats. As the platoon sit has unfolded, it may not be regular at-bats in one case or the other, but I just want to make sure with Mike we don't get too far away from his last game activity . . . It's amazing we're sitting here talking about trying to get [Carp] at-bats and he's hitting over .300. He's done everything we've asked."
Carp is hitting .311/.373/.589/.962 in 169 plate appearances for the Sox this season.
- Here's Boston's starting lineup against D-backs righty Brandon McCarthy: 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF, 2. Shane Victorino RF, 3. Dustin Pedroia 2B, 4. David Ortiz DH, 5. Mike Napoli 1B, 6. Mike Carp LF, 7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, 8. Stephen Drew SS, 9. Brock Holt 3B