Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:47:00 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) took batting practice and did some running Friday, April 11, and said he would need only two to three rehab games to get his timing back down before returning.
Fantasy Tip: Victorino could be back relatively quickly, and Jonny Gomes and Daniel Nava figure to be the losers if John Farrell wants to keep both Grady Sizemore and Jackie Bradley Jr. in the lineup together.
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:17:42 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Grady Sizemore is making his first ever start in left field Thursday, April 10, with OF Jackie Bradley Jr. getting the nod in center. Manager John Farrell isn't committing this arraignment permanently, since the team likes to get OF Jonny Gomes some playing time in left field. How well Bradley continues to play might determine how often Farrell deploys this alignment. Bradley has a slash line of .400/.478/.978 this year and is 6-for-12 with two doubles, four runs, four RBIs and three walks in the last four games. Sizemore has had some defensive lapses lately. If the Red Sox continue to start Sizemore and Bradley when OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) returns, it could mean a loss of playing time for Gomes and OF Daniel Nava, who has had a slow start to the season.
Fantasy Tip: Bradley should be owned in all leagues now that he's gotten his opportunity this year and is running with it. Sizemore's defensive shortcomings in center will help Bradley's cause.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:01:35 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Daniel Nava, playing in his first game since being dropped from the leadoff spot, struck out looking in each of his first three at-bats while batting in the sixth spot Wednesday, April 9, against the Texas Rangers. He is hitting just .125 (4-for-32) with seven strikeouts this season.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:51:48 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Daniel Nava has been moved out of the leadoff spot due to a slow start, and he struck out looking in each of his first three at-bats Wednesday, April 9, to drop to 4-for-32 with seven strikeouts this year.
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:08:35 -0700
The Boston Red Sox will continue to approach their leadoff spot in a committee approach. OFs Jonny Gomes and Daniel Nava are likely to continue switching off at the top of the order, and OF Grady Sizemore could also see some time there. Nava is hitting only .138 (4-for-29) with a .219 on-base percentage, and manager John Farrell said he prefers to keep 2B Dustin Pedroia in the No. 2 spot.
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:48:34 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Daniel Nava is hitting leadoff Monday, March 31.
Fantasy Tip: This placement gives him a boost in run-scoring potential if he can continue his hot hitting from last season.
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:09:34 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Grady Sizemore won't primarily hit leadoff if he makes the team as the starting center fielder. Manager John Farrell said OFs Daniel Nava and Shane Victorino are his top choices at leadoff because of their on-base skills. Sizemore would bat lower in the lineup. "I think we probably see him middle to where he's at (tonight), in that 5-6 range, in the lineup initially," Farrell said. "We want to take advantage of Nava's on-base abilities, what Shane does in the two-hole, particularly. That's what's going into it, in addition to (Sizemore's) time down and the reps that would be had as the leadoff guy."
Fantasy Tip: It's looking more plausible that Sizemore takes the starting duties away from Jackie Bradley Jr. at this point. An official announcement is expected soon. If Sizemore wins the job, look to pick him up in all leagues.
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:10:48 -0800
Boston Red Sox OF Daniel Nava (neck) may be able to play in the team's spring training game Friday, Feb. 28. Nava has been dealing with a neck injury during spring training.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:42:44 -0800
Boston Red Sox OFs Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava and Jonny Gomes are all candidates to hit in the leadoff spot this season. Gomes will platoon with Nava in left field.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:15:36 -0800
Boston Red Sox OF Daniel Nava (neck) hasn't swung a bat in four days due to a nerve issue in his neck. He took groundballs and threw but wasn't allowed to hit. "It's just a minor little thing I'm working on," Nava said. "There's no point of going too fast and then all of a sudden we're set back two or three weeks. I've been out there for groundballs, throwing, shagging fly balls. The final step will be just getting swings down."