Farrell: Nava will get at-bats when Craig returns

Farrell: Nava will get at-bats when Craig returns
August 17, 2014, 12:45 pm
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BOSTON - We tackled it a bit Saturday night, but on Sunday morning, John Farrell discussed the recent play of Daniel Nava.

Nava struggled out of the gates this season, and was sent down to Pawtucket on two separate occasions.

But since coming back to Boston for the third time on June 2, he's looked like a completely different player. Nava has manned either side of the outfield, and has really locked on at the plate.

Since June 2, he's posted an OBP of .399 and is hitting .331 (54-for-163). That's a far cry from the .130 batting average he had in late April.

He's also looked strong out in right field for the club.

"Certianly more than adequate, he's done a very good job there," Farrell said of Nava in the field. "He's shown good range particularly to the line with some balls he's run down in the corner. He's come in on some balls well evident by the play [Thursday] night, he throws [Jake Marisnick] out at the plate.

"He's playing with a lot more confidence right now than he did in April at any point in time. Whether that's because of the consistency to the at-bats . . . I looked last night to see where the average is, it's more than doubled from the time he was sent out. And that's a testament to his work ethic and the quality hitter that he is, particularly left-handed."

Allen Craig is set to return to the Red Sox sometime this week, which means he'll take over in right field. But that doesn't mean that Farrell is going to forget about Nava, not with the way he's been playing.

"We'll be able to keep Daniel with a minimum number of at-bats in there," Farrell said. "For as well as he's swinging the bat, we're going to find a way to get him in the lineup. So much like we did with Brock Holt earlier, there will be a way that we can accommodate all of this."