Red Sox notes: Nava to DL, Lavarnway called up

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Red Sox notes: Nava to DL, Lavarnway called up

BOSTON A day after the non-waiver trading deadline, the Red Sox were not done making roster moves.What would a day in Beantown be without a roster move? manager Bobby Valentine jokingly inquired of the assembled media before Wednesdays season and series finale against the Tigers at Fenway Park.This time, though, has been a common theme for the Sox this season, the moves were because of health.Outfielder Daniel Nava was placed on the disabled list with soreness in both wrists. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his place on the roster. With both Mike Aviles (turf toe) and Kelly Shoppach (sore shin) ailing, Valentine was looking to Lavarnway to provide help from the right-hand side of the plate.Left-hander Craig Breslow, acquired Tuesday from the Diamondbacks, had not yet arrived at Fenway Park. When he does, right-hander Clayton Mortensen, who earned the win Tuesday, will likely be optioned back to Pawtucket.Daniel Nava, who has been playing with a little banged up wrist--actually, both of his wrists have been bothering him a little -- were just going to make sure that he gets fully healed and put him on the disabled list, Valentine said. And considering that Mike is still dealing with his toe and Kelly Shoppach is dealing with his shin situation, Ryan Lavarnways here for that right-handed protection that well need later in the game.If Breslow arrives in time, well have to make another move.Valentine said Shoppach fouled several balls off his shin, causing the soreness, which should not require a DL stint.
-- Valentine has been a big fan of Lavarnways since watching him in spring training. In 83 games with Pawtucket, Lavarnway is hitting .295 with eight home runs and 43 RBI for a .376 on-base percentage and .439 slugging percentage.I loved him in spring training and since hes continued to make improvements, Valentine said. Offensively, Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler says hes definitely ready and will continue to improve and we hope he continues his improvements, and defensively the same. Hes ready but we want him to continue to improve.-- David Ortiz, on the DL since July 17 with a right Achilles strain, is progressing. However, there is still no timetable for him to come off the DL, which he was eligible to do today.Yesterdays batting practice was great but he still was a little hesitant to run or jump or move quickly, Valentine said. He said today when he woke up was the first day he had no pain walking. And so he was going to do some agility work out on the field. Obviously because of the pregame rain, its being moved to the exercise room or something where hell do some light work. But it wont be really what we wanted. Hes getting closer, that being said.
-- With Josh Beckett ailing, left-hander Franklin Morales could possibly move back to the rotation. Morales, 2-2, with a 3.32 ERA, made five starts earlier this season.Lets say that well err on the side of caution with him, Valentine said. Theres not a formal plan for him to make a start but hes definitely in the wings. Hes been up a lot of times in the bullpen and hes thrown a couple of times in the games in the last five days. Today would be probably an off-day anyway and that would give us a little more time tomorrow to evaluate the situation. But hed be our first choice if we need a starter.
-- Andrew Bailey, who has been on the DL all season after thumb surgery, made an appearance for the Gulf Coast League Wednesday afternoon in his first outing on a his rehab assignment.
He threw 22 pitches I believe, had a strikeout, he made a good fielding play, he had good aggression out on the mound and felt good after the performance, Valentine said. Hell make another appearance in a couple of days (GCL).Valentine said Bailey would need no more than nine innings on his rehab outing to get ready. He also said he would not necessarily have to progress through each level.

Merloni: ‘Missed opportunities left and right’ for Red Sox

Merloni: ‘Missed opportunities left and right’ for Red Sox

Lou Merloni talks about the Red Sox losing 6 out of the last 7 games and if David Price should have stayed in the game for the 9th inning.

McAdam: Red Sox at a loss after excruciating defeat

McAdam: Red Sox at a loss after excruciating defeat

There are still two full months of games left on the schedule and who knows what might happen in that time, or what else might befall the Red Sox.

But for now, it's no stretch to suggest that Thursday's excruciating 2-1 setback in Anaheim constitutes the worst loss of the season to date. The point hardly seems debatable.

Consider:

THE TIMING: This was the start of the longest, and in many ways, most challenging road trip of the season, with 11 games in 11 days. It comes immediately after a homestand that was highly disappointing, featuring a mere split with the last-place Minnesota Twins and a sweep at the hands of the otherwise mediocre Detroit Tigers.

There's been a great deal of attention focused on how many road games the Sox have to play through the rest of the season. Winning the opener -- and snapping a three-game losing streak in the process - would have felt like a strong statement that the club was ready and able to meet the challenges of the schedule.

THE STARTING PITCHER: The loss wiped out a standout performance by David Price, who may well hold the key to whether the Red Sox grab a playoff spot this fall.

Price has been woefully inconsistent in his first season with the Red Sox, alternating between brief stretches of dominance and periods of underwhelming outings.

For a change Thursday night, Price seemed on the verge of winning one of those "statement'' games, when he would make one measly run in the third inning stand up. There have been too many times, given his standing as the team's No. 1 starter, in which Price has pitched just well enough to lose -- like the pitcher's duels in which he came up short against the likes of Madison Bumgarner and Chris Tillman.

But on Thursday, Price didn't buckle. And never mind that he was matched against an aging and depleted Jered Weaver. Price had next-to-nothing with which to work, but he protected the 1-0 lead with a determination he has seldon shown in Boston.

And for his effort to go wasted sets an inauspicious marker for this demanding trip. There was something symbolic about having Price set the tone at the start with a low-scoring, must-have game.

He did his part. Unfortunately for Price, that wasn't enough.

THE WAY IN WHICH IT HAPPENED: Walk-off losses are never pleasant, whether they come on a homer, or a base hit up the middle.

But considering that the Red Sox had the ability to turn Daniel Nava's tapper to first into a game-ending double play, and instead, saw it result in a two-run throwing error on the part of Hanley Ramirez, makes it all the more crushing.

Brad Ziegler, who gave up a go-ahead game-winning homer in the final game of the homestand Wednesday, essentially did his job in the ninth. He got Mike Trout to hit a chopper, which resulted in an infield single. And he kept the ball on the ground and in the infield, with the Sox bringing the infield in with the bases loaded and one out.

Better execution, and the Red Sox walk away with a thrilling 1-0 victory to begin their West Coast trek. Instead, they walk off the field, heads down, with the wrong precedent being set.