Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava told reporters in Oakland that he had been optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket following his club's loss to the Athletics on Wednesday. The outfielder, who became the second player in baseball history to hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw in his big league career, was sent back to the PawSox in order to clear a roster spot for Jeremy Hermida.
Nava hit .286 with a .381 OBP, .832 OPS, one homer and 16 RBI in 29 games. The switch-hitter was particularly impressive against right-handers, hitting .319 with a .390 OBP and .911 OPS.
The 27-year-old took his return to the minors in stride.
"I've got things I need to work on, and I'll go back there, try to work on that stuff, try to focus on that stuff, wait for another opportunity," he told reporters in Oakland.
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