It was expected that Daniel Nava would take Carl Crawford's place on the big-league roster soon, given he was on a rehab assignment, and rosters are set to expand on September 1. The Red Sox won't have to wait that long for Crawford's replacement, though, as, according to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, Daniel Nava is going to be with the Red Sox tonight.
The outfielder was removed from the disabled list and recalled to Boston, taking Carl Crawford's place on the 25-man roster. With the move, Crawford heads to the DL in Nava's place, and that's where he'll stay until he has recovered from the Tommy John surgery he'll undergo on Thursday.
Crawford hit .282/.306/.479 before succumbing to his elbow woes, giving Red Sox fans -- and Crawford -- hope heading into the 2013 season. The 2012 campaign was a lost one for Crawford in the second year of his long-term deal, but if the combination of his productive month and elbow surgery get him to where he needs to be going forward, then both Crawford and the Sox are better off for it in the long run.
Nava hit very well with the Red Sox, with an on-base percentage consistently well over the .400 mark, before a wrist injury began to deflate his numbers. He drew two walks in the first game of his rehab assignment and hit a homer in the second, and now finds himself back in Boston to attempt to recover his line, and earn a permanent spot on the 2013 club.