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Daniel Nava demoted, Shane Victorino return imminent

Daniel Nava has been a revelation for the Red Sox this season. (Getty Images) Daniel Nava has struggled greatly for the Red Sox this season. (Getty Images)

Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava, who was batting a team-low .149/.240/.269, was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday.

"His struggles at the plate, I think, are evident," said manager John Farrell, “We're trying to get him back to being the player of confidence we've seen in the past."

Nava started the season batting leadoff due to his .385 OBP last season. But that honor was quickly taken away as his production dissipated.


When asked if it was a matter of confidence, Farrell replied, "Players' confidence ebbs and flows. We've got to get a guy back who was pivotal to our success a year ago ... It's going to take some time and at-bats to do just that."

The move was presumably made to make room for Shane Victorino, who is expected to be activated from the DL on Thursday. This is welcome news for the Red Sox, whose collective batting average amongst outfielders is a paltry .209.

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