Today the Red Sox added Daniel Nava to the major league roster and optioned Clayton Mortensen to Pawtucket.
Although Clayton Mortensen was great in his 9.1 innings of work with the Red Sox, pitching to the tune of a 0.96 ERA and a 0.64 WHIP with 12 strikeouts, this is welcome news to say the least. The Red Sox outfield condition has been close to anemic for the outfielders not named Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney, who are platoon players. Marlon Byrd and Darnell McDonald are not getting it done, and it’s time for a change.
In 95 at bats with the PawSox, Daniel Nava hit .316/.421/.505 with 3 home runs, 7 doubles, and a triple. He is best known for his grand slam in his first major league at bat. That season, he hit .242/.351/.360 with a home run, a triple, and 14 doubles in 161 at bats for the big league club.
While his numbers weren’t great that year, they were a lot better than what the Red Sox have been getting out of the outfield so far this season. Marlon Byrd is currently hitting .279/.297/.295 with one extra base hit in 61 at bats and Darnell McDonald is hitting .182/.281/.364 with 2 home runs and 4 doubles in 55 at bats.