Red Sox notes: Carp, Nava take the outfield

Red Sox notes: Carp, Nava take the outfield
March 5, 2013, 7:15 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla.  – For the first time this spring the Red Sox will field an outfield that has Mike Carp in left and Daniel Nava in right, as the team tries to fill out its bench, filling the final roster spots with players who offer as much versatility as possible.
Nava has played eight innings this spring at first base and 27 in left field. He appeared in four games in right last season for the Sox, his only big league experience at that position. In six minor league seasons, he has appeared in 204 games in right, more than any other position.
“That’s why he’s out there right now,” said manager John Farrell. “I know he played there a couple times last year, but he’s improved tremendously in left field. But given the potential makeup of our bench and our extra outfield situation, the ability to go to right field would be key in his situation. Not to say his roster status hinges on that, but we’ll take a look at it.”
Right-hander Daniel Bard has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game since Feb. 25, against the Rays. The Red Sox have preferred to have him work on his mechanics, especially his stride length and direction, in side sessions since then.

But after a one-inning, 18-pitch simulated game on Monday, Bard could again be ready for game action. Manager John Farrell said Bard is tentatively scheduled to pitch Thursday when the Sox travel west on Daniels Parkway to play the Twins.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. has continued to impress this spring. In eight Grapefruit League games, he is 8-for-17, with a double, an RBI, five runs scored, and a stolen base. His .471 batting average is third among qualifying hitters, and his .550 on-base percentage is fourth.
But, the chances that he will start the season with the major league team – barring injuries or anything unforeseen – are minimal. He is likely destined for a return to the minors.

“Likely, but you never want to put a limit on anyone either,” Farrell said. “He’s making the best of the opportunity. And he’s making a very strong impression.”

Farrell said he and former Sox shortstop Mike Aviles – who were ‘traded’ for each other this offseason – talked after the transaction.

“I actually called him the same day,” Farrell said. “He and I had a brief conversation. We talked about the expectations in Toronto, what he could expect. It was a unique conversation.”

Left-hander Craig Breslow had a day off in his throwing program today. He is scheduled to throw from 75-90 feet on Wednesday.

Franklin Morales, who has not pitched in a game since Feb. 27 because of lower back stiffness, will begin some exercises today. There is no timetable for him to get into a game.
“He’s still having some low back symptoms, although they’re responding favorably to treatment,” Farrell said. “We’re going to initiate some exercise today with him, some core stability-type of program. But we don’t have a date marked on the calendar when he’s going to get back on a mound, even in a bullpen session, let alone a game.”
Farrell, on what he has seen from left-hander Andrew Miller:

“The biggest difference is the adjustment to the delivery. He’s cut down his leg kick. When you’re talking about someone who’s 6 foot 8, to repeat a delivery with that long of levers he’s doing a much better job of being consistent, establishing his release point. He’s been very consistent so far in camp.”
There may be another difference noticed in Miller soon. Asked how long he would allow Miller’s hair to get before instituting a rule, Farrell replied:

“Those conversations take place.”