July 15, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava (66) is congratulated by teammates after he scored a run in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
In a corresponding roster move, the Red Sox recalled catcher Ryan Lavarnway.
Nava’s wrist issue has been lingering and could be partly to blame for the 29-year-old’s rough month of July, during which he went 8-60 with only three-extra base hits.
Prior to July, Nava had been posting impressive numbers, as he maintained an OPS of .900 and .892 over the months of May and June. On the season, he’s hit at a clip of .251/.373/.397 with 21 extra-base hits and 32 runs scored in 199 at-bats.
Lavarnway, 24, is considered to be one of Boston’s top prospects. The Red Sox recalled him so they’d have a left-handed bat available to pinch-hit and to have another backstop on the bench, as infielder Mike Aviles and catcher Kelly Shoppach are both banged up at the moment.
Lavarnway made his major league debut last season with the Red Sox, collecting nine hits over 39 at-bats, including two doubles and two home runs. This year in Triple-A, Lavarnway has hit at a clip of .295/.376/.439 with 22 doubles, eight home runs and 43 RBIs in 319 at-bats.
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