A strained hamstring has led the Red Sox to place Shane Victorino on the disabled list once more, recalling Daniel Nava from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his place.
While many Red Sox fans were clamoring for Nava's return from the minors, this is not quite how most imagined it. The hope was that Nava's return would mean the end of the Grady Sizemore experiment, which two months in has still provided no real signs of success. Instead, it will come at the expense of Shane Victorino who, cold at the plate though he was, probably represents Boston's best hope for production in the outfield.
Nava hasn't been tearing things up in Triple-A, but he's looked a lot more like the Daniel Nava we knew from 2013 in recent weeks. He's cut his strikeouts way down, and while he's not hitting for power, his on base numbers have been solid.
The big issue for the Red Sox will be on defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. is really the only player capable of playing center field at any reasonable level, and right field in Fenway isn't really any easier. Losing Shane in favor of one of Nava, Gomes, Sizemore, or even Carp is not a good trade by any stretch of the imagination.
But it is what it is, and it's not like this is Boston's biggest problem. If it gets Nava a chance to re-establish himself, who knows, it may even end up positive.