Daniel Nava called up, Clayton Mortensen sent down


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.


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0 thoughts on “Daniel Nava called up, Clayton Mortensen sent down

    • jw

      Get rid of Becket and Youk. Bring him back up and will have a better performance, placte the fan base and have money left to hire some one who appreciates what a privilege it is to pley for the Sox

      • Andrew Rodriguez

        I wouldn’t be against trading Youk and Beckett. Trading them would send a great message to the team. The big question is if we could get decent value. I’m not sure we could.

    • jw

      Get rid of Becket and Youk. Bring him back up and will have a better performance, placte the fan base and have money left to hire some one who appreciates what a privilege it is to pley for the Sox

      • Andrew Rodriguez

        I wouldn’t be against trading Youk and Beckett. Trading them would send a great message to the team. The big question is if we could get decent value. I’m not sure we could.

  • John Green

    I agree Beckett needs to go but not so much due to his performance as much as the fact that hes clearly lost the fans. He won’t return to form under this kinda stress, it’s probably better for him and the Sox that they atleast try to find a suitor.

    • Andrew Rodriguez

      I don’t think stress is a problem. He went into Yankee Stadium and threw a complete game to win the World Series in 2003 for the Marlins. He’s just unmotivated right now. Somehow Bobby V needs to find a way to motivate him.

  • John Green

    I agree Beckett needs to go but not so much due to his performance as much as the fact that hes clearly lost the fans. He won’t return to form under this kinda stress, it’s probably better for him and the Sox that they atleast try to find a suitor.

    • Andrew Rodriguez

      I don’t think stress is a problem. He went into Yankee Stadium and threw a complete game to win the World Series in 2003 for the Marlins. He’s just unmotivated right now. Somehow Bobby V needs to find a way to motivate him.

  • Matt

    Beckett isn’t going anywhere, too much money and attitude. Lets just hope he will turn it around and be a frontline starter for the remainder of the year. As for Youklis, the Sox should have traded him in the offseason. It will get better with the additions of Ells, Crawford, Dice K and the others on the DL.

    • Andrew Rodriguez

      You’re probably right. And well said about Youk, WMB probably should have gotten a shot in ST to start at 3rd. What kind of value do you think we could have gotten out of Youk in the offseason?

  • Matt

    Beckett isn’t going anywhere, too much money and attitude. Lets just hope he will turn it around and be a frontline starter for the remainder of the year. As for Youklis, the Sox should have traded him in the offseason. It will get better with the additions of Ells, Crawford, Dice K and the others on the DL.

    • Andrew Rodriguez

      You’re probably right. And well said about Youk, WMB probably should have gotten a shot in ST to start at 3rd. What kind of value do you think we could have gotten out of Youk in the offseason?

      • AndyV

        Probably not. What you’re seeing on the field is EXACTLY what opponents would have been afraid of when dealing for Youk during the offseason. The value is pretty much even… but diminishing daily because there’s less time to produce as the season ticks on.

        It was the RIGHT call to keep him, though. For all those who’ve fallen in love with Middlebrooks it should be quickly pointed out that he was dreadful in limited time at Pawtucket last year and typically has taken half a season or more to adjust to each level he’s stepped into. He was anything but a sure thing this season.

      • AndyV

        Probably not. What you’re seeing on the field is EXACTLY what opponents would have been afraid of when dealing for Youk during the offseason. The value is pretty much even… but diminishing daily because there’s less time to produce as the season ticks on.

        It was the RIGHT call to keep him, though. For all those who’ve fallen in love with Middlebrooks it should be quickly pointed out that he was dreadful in limited time at Pawtucket last year and typically has taken half a season or more to adjust to each level he’s stepped into. He was anything but a sure thing this season.