KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 18: Ryan Lavarnway #60 of the Boston Red Sox flies out in the second inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 18, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
It's been a few days since we've seen Daniel Nava in the lineup, with Ryan Sweeney getting starts ahead of him and Kelly Shoppach even taking over at DH against some right-handed pitchers. It seems we now know why. Presumably, given how long the move took, the Sox were hoping the injury would fade and keep Nava from needing to miss significant time.
An injury to Nava's wrist could also help to explain the left fielder's struggles in the past month. After maintaining an OPS of around .900 for his first two months with the team, Nava struggled through July, hitting just .133/.257/.217 in 60 at bats.
With Ryan Lavarnway making his way back to the majors, the Sox are down to just four outfielders, all of whom happen to be in the starting lineup tonight thanks to Cody Ross filling in at DH. We'll see if there's some change to that madness in the days to come, with Lavarnway perhaps getting his opportunity to take some swings in place of the injured Ortiz.