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Nava: 'I'll do whatever they need'

2/20/2014

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox are preparing for the first full-squad workout this morning at JetBlue Park.

Ownership and management will address the players prior to the team hitting the field and then the daily routine begins. Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava spoke briefly this morning about his comfort level entering the season, and the fact that he could be asked to leadoff.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said this week there are a few options for the leadoff spot, including Nava. During his big league career, he’s hit leadoff in 39 games with a .252 batting average, including two homers, 20 RBI, 17 walks and 31 strikeouts.

“As long as I’m in the lineup, I don’t care if I hit ninth, it doesn’t matter,” Nava said.

Last season, the left fielder posted a .303 average with 12 homers and 66 RBI in 134 games. His .385 OBP ranked fifth in the American League. If he is used in the leadoff spot this season, he said he’ll need to work on a few things.

“I’ve got to get faster,” Nava said with a laugh. “I’m not going to change my approach. My approach is similar to what a leadoff guy is. Obviously, first time around [the order] that’s when you’re a leadoff hitter then after that the situation dictates the type of at-bat you take. If I am in the leadoff spot, I’ve been there before but to be a consistent leadoff hitter if they want me to do that I’ll do whatever they need.”

Like the rest of the players in the clubhouse, Nava is focused on this season and not reflecting on what the club accomplished last year.

“A lot of us look to last year as something we can draw upon, but last year is last year and it’s time to move on. 2013 was great but it’s time to look at 2014.”