NEW YORK -- Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava said that he will undergo surgery to remove a ganglion cyst from his left wrist. The issue first emerged on July 28, creating sufficient discomfort for the outfielder when he swung from the left side that he landed on the disabled list for more than three weeks. When he returned from the DL in late-August, he played in just two games before landing back on the DL until September.
"In the long run, it's only a really minor thing. I think it should really help things in terms of my coming back and eliminating a lot of things we dealt with," said Nava. "In the big picture, they're not worried about anything at all in terms of recovery. It's not complicated -- just go in, take it out, allow the body to heal."
Though the pain did not go away despite pain-killing injections, and played into a considerable increase in the switch-hitter's strikeout rate, Nava managed to play in 21 of the Sox' final 22 games, including 16 starts. He entered the final day of the season hitting .243 with a .354 on-base percentage, .388 slugging mark, .742 OPS and six homers in 87 games.
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