Red Sox notes: Nava called up; Byrd in outfield

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Red Sox notes: Nava called up; Byrd in outfield

BOSTON Manager Bobby Valentine touched on various topics before the start of the Red Sox four-game series with the Indians Thursday night:

Outfielder Daniel Nava was called up, with right-hander Clayton Mortensen optioned to Pawtucket, and left-hander Justin Thomas designated for assignment. Nava is in the starting lineup, playing left field.

Our outfielders have really been put to task playing as much as they have been and another left-handed bat to spell our right-handers I thought was necessary and Daniels been real hot, said Valentine. I had great reports on him from Triple-A Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler and everybody whos seen him play and it seemed like the right choice.

I dont know that Clay could have done more. At about 4:45 this morning when I called him into my office I told him baseball and life isnt fair and nowhere does it say it has to be fair and this isnt fair to him. he pitched plenty well enough to be on this staff but he has an option and we needed a spot and luckily hes the kind of professional guy that understood it totally.

Asked his thoughts on Marlon Byrds outfield play, Valentine responded:

Hes gotten really good jumps on a lot of balls. It just seems thereve been a few balls that hes caught up with that he hasnt caught. I havent seen the misdirection.

On one ball hit over his head I thought he did have an awkward first step, straight back, but then he got back to it. The ball missed his glove. And Im not sure what to attribute that to. Hes playing very hard though. Hes giving us everything he has.

Valentine said what minimal discussion there had been about possibly moving third baseman Will Middlebrooks to the outfield has been tabled.

There really wasnt a lot of conversation about that. There was a couple of guys who had mentioned it. it was never a formal 'lets put this into play' conversation.

I suggest that its not an option at this time.

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.