Notes: Breslow 'getting closer' to activation

Notes: Breslow 'getting closer' to activation
April 5, 2014, 6:45 pm
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BOSTON -- Craig Breslow could be getting closer to a return off of the disabled list after throwing in two consecutive minor-league games, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Breslow had mentioned that he was eyeing Saturday as potentially the day he would be activated off the disabled list, but that hasn't happened.

"He's not active today," Farrell said. "When his activation [occurs] is yet to be determined. The rehab plan was calling for two days down after back to back days so we've gotta get through these next two days first."

Farrell explained that Breslow now has five appearances under his belt and that he's approaching a return as both his healthy, and his stuff, improve.

"He's getting closer," Farrell said, adding that it's possible Breslow gets another game with the Pawtucket Red Sox before making his way back to the big-league roster.

* Daniel Nava's strong 2013 season has earned him a reserve of trust from the Red Sox coaching staff that believes in the value of his proven ability to get on base.

Nava is hitting third on Saturday night as David Ortiz gets a scheduled night off. His spot in the No. 3 hole gives the Red Sox a left-right-left-right top four of their order against Brewers righty Wily Peralta. Grady Sizemore, Dustin Pedroia, the switch-hitting Nava and Mike Napoli round out the top four spots in the Sox lineup.

"It's a spot where ideally you think they're going to attack that part of the lineup with a righthanded pitcher to keep [Nava] on that side of the plate hopefully," Farrell said of his decision to bat Nava third. "He's gained an awful lot of trust in all of us off of the year he had last year. I think still he's put up a number of good at-bats early on without maybe the batting average to be reflective of it."

Nava is just 2-for-17 (.118 batting average) with a walk through Boston's first four games of the 2014 season. Last year, Nava compiled a .385 on-base percentage and an OPS of .831.

* It was 50 degrees in Boston at the time of Clay Buchholz's first pitch against the Brewers Saturday. Since early Friday, the sun has periodically peaked behind the clouds to make it feel something like spring, but in general, it's been cold.

Players have been seen in hooded sweatshirts and jackets more so than in their jerseys. David Ross took batting practice Saturday afternoon with a winter hat on. Reliever Edward Mujica called the weather "crazy."

Farrell admitted that the conditions are less than ideal, but there's nothing anyone can do about them.

"I think if you poll any position player, certainly they'd like warmer weather," Farrell said. "But there's ways they can stay warm, whether it's riding the stationary bike down between innings down underneath, they can swing in the cage. The elements are what they are. We're certainly not gonna change them, you just gotta battle through it."