The Red Sox recalled right-handed pitcher Alex Wilson prior to Wednesday’s game against the New York Yankees. In order to make room for Wilson on the roster, the Red Sox optioned outfielder Daniel Nava to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The need to add a pitcher escalated after the Red Sox called upon their bullpen to throw over ten innings during the Monday and Tuesday games. The depleted Red Sox bullpen desperately needed an extra arm to provide some relief.
Wilson’s stay with the big club, although much-needed, appears to have been short lived with various reports of the young pitcher being seen packing up his stuff following the team’s 5-1 win over the Yankees on Wednesday night.
Wilson appeared in 26 games for the Red Sox last season and has struck out nine over eight scoreless innings this season for Pawtucket.
A corresponding roster move has yet to be announced, but there is a growing speculation that outfielder Shane Victorino’s return from the 15-day disabled list is imminent
Daniel Nava, who had one minor league option remaining, became the odd man out in the outfield rotation as a result of his slow start, Mike Carp’s lack of minor league options and the recent emergence of rookie outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.
After a strong 2013 season that saw Nava hit .303 with 12 home runs, 66 RBI and an .385 OBP, Nava opened the season as the club’s lead off hitter, but failed to consistently get on base in order to remain a fixture atop the Sox everyday lineup.
“We’re trying to get him going offensively,.” Red Sox manager John Farrell told WEEI’s Alex Speier on Tuesday. “He’s probably swung the bat a little bit more earlier in counts than we’ve seen in the past and that might be maybe some reflection of the current level of confidence. When he’s squared up some balls, he hasn’t seen the fruits of that too much. Like all players, they go through a little bit of a peak and valley and we’re trying to get him out of that right now.”
So far this season, Nava is batting .149 with a .240 OBP, two home runs and three RBI over 75 plate appearances. The media began to speculate of Nava’s impending demotion following the outfielder’s closed door meeting with manager John Farrell following the team’s 9-3 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night.