Carp (lower back) a late scratch to Sox lineup

Carp (lower back) a late scratch to Sox lineup
April 5, 2014, 6:30 pm
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BOSTON -- Mike Carp had been scheduled to start at first base and hit fifth for the Red Sox as they took on the Brewers Saturday night, but he was a late scratch from the lineup because of lower-back tightness, a move that was announced to the media about 45 minutes before the game's first pitch.

Carp was present during the team's pregame batting practice, and he worked on fielding grounders at first base with third base coach Brian Butterfield seemingly without incident.

As a result of the late change, Daniel Nava has been shifted from left field to first base and Jonny Gomes has been inserted as the team's starting left fielder. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts will now hit fifth behind Mike Napoli, who is serving as the team's designated hitter with David Ortiz taking a planned night off.