Saturday, August 25, 2012
Nava to DL; Iglesias, Lin, Tazawa recalled
By Tony Lee
BOSTON -- The Red Sox have placed outfielder Daniel Nava on the 15-day disabled list and recalled a trio of players from Pawtucket to fill the vacated roster spots created by the blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Shortstop Jose Iglesias, outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin and pitcher Junichi Tazawa are back up with the big club. Lefty Felix Doubront has also been activated from the DL and will start Sunday against Kansas City.
The influx of players account for the departures of Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto, all sent to Los Angeles in the trade that also featured the injured Carl Crawford. Iglesias, still considered the shortstop of the future, is the most notable arrival, but he comes on more of an emergency basis this time.
"He's here kind of because we needed an extra infielder for tonight, and I don't have that [long-term] plan," manager Bobby Valentine said when asked how he plans to utilize Iglesias.
The slick-fielding shortstop was hitting .266 with a home run, 23 RBIs and 12 stolen bases with the PawSox. Lin, who was with Boston for a brief stint earlier in the year, was batting .247 with a pair of homers and 14 steals.
Tazawa, who was optioned to Pawtucket prior to Friday night's game, is in his third stint with the Red Sox this season. He has a 1.37 ERA and one save in 20 appearances with Boston.
Nava is headed to the DL with a left wrist sprain for the second time. He had been activated from the disabled list just six days earlier, appearing in only two games.
Doubront had been on the disabled list since Aug. 10. He is 10-6 with a 4.70 ERA this season, but 0-2 with a 6.53 ERA in his last four starts.