Victorino Headed to the DL, Nava Gets Second Chance

Shane Victorino (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)

Shane Victorino re-injured his right hamstring, which was bugging him the end of last season as well as throughout Spring Training and for most of the first month of 2014. The DL stint will be his second stint already in the early going.

The 33-year-old had been hitting .242 through 91 at-bats with one solo shot and 10 runs driven in.

The injury happened in the ninth inning as Victorino was running down the first base line of a sacrifice bunt attempt. He pulled up lame and was pulled for a pinch runner.

Daniel Nava joined the team on Saturday. The switch-hitter struggled in the early season with a .149 average with only three RBI with two home runs and doubles.

The 31-year-old has regrouped in Triple-A with a .253 average in 83 at-bats with three long balls, 14 RBI and two stolen bases in three chances. The 21 strikeouts is concerning, but he has also walked 12 times with the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Nava was a huge component at the top of the order in 2013 with a .303/.385/.445 stat line while driving in 66 runs and knocking 12 balls out of the park.

The Red Sox will miss the fielding of Victorino in the spacious right field of Fenway Park, but Nava’s improved approach at the plate will be nice to have from the left field of the plate. Plus, Nava has great range in the field with an above-average throwing arm.

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