Red Sox notes: Clay Buchholz rehab timetable lengthened; searching for Daniel Nava

Rob Bradford
June 02, 2014 - 4:23 pm

CLEVELAND -- Though right-hander Clay Buchholz was scheduled to throw a simulated game against Red Sox hitters on Monday, the Red Sox have pushed that back by several days -- to Saturday --in order to first give the pitcher more time to work on his delivery while he resides on the disabled list for a hyperextended left knee. "We'€™ve adjusted the plan that we originally set out to take advantage of the time right now to keep working on the delivery items that have been identified," said Sox manager John Farrell. "There was some work down in the bullpen today. There will be another bullpen on Wednesday with that sim game being pushed back to Saturday now." The Sox will wait until after the simulated game before determining what kind of rehab assignment Buchholz might need before returning to the rotation. Given that Saturday will mark Buchholz's 12th day on the disabled list, it seems that his stay on the D.L. will go beyond the 15-day minimum while he works on his delivery. Felix Doubront will likewise remain on the DL longer than 15 days as he builds back up from a left shoulder strain. Doubront threw a bullpen session on Monday, and faces a gradual progression -- an increase of pitches thrown in bullpen sessions, simulated innings against Sox hitters and then a minor league rehab assignment -- before the Sox would consider having him return from the D.L. Doubront is 2-4 with a 5.12 ERA in nine starts this year; Buchholz is 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA in 10 starts. OTHER RED SOX NOTES -- The Sox remain confident that Mike Napoli will be ready to come off the disabled list on Sunday, the first day that he is eligible to do so. -- Shane Victorino has started doing light running, but the team has yet to make a determination about when he might be ready to get at-bats in a rehab assignment. -- Mike Carp, who was diagnosed with a fracture of the right foot on Sunday, will be in a boot for a week, followed by a week of rehab. He won't be able to start baseball activities until he completes the week of rehab, suggesting that he'll require more than two weeks for his return.

"We'€™re still a little ways away before he'€™s back to us," said Farrell.

-- With Carp on the DL, the Sox called up Daniel Nava to provide roster depth. Yet with Holt and Alex Hassan getting time at first base (and, in Hassan's case, the outfield) and with Jonny Gomes having secured an everyday job, the Sox are caught in a Catch-22 regarding the effort to get him enough playing time to restore the swing that proved so effective last year. Nava is hitting .130/.221/.234 this year, and went 0-for-10 after being called back up from Pawtucket and before being sent back down. "He is working hard to get that stroke that was so productive a year ago. We know there'€™s a good hitter in there. the bottom-line results haven'€™t been maybe what he'€™s realized and produced in the times that he'€™s been in the big leagues, particularly last year. He was part of the most productive left field in baseball last year, and we'€™re working to get that back and he provides the same versatility defensively and yet we'€™ve got to get him back on track swinging the bat," said Farrell. "In talking with Daniel and watching him in spring training, I think his base got wide in camp. He started working up underneath the ball and you saw a number of balls in the air. "When he'€™s best, we all know, it'€™s a line drive approach or a line drove stroke that'€™s going to hit for occasional power. I can'€™t say that his mental approach changed to try to lift the ball more. When he went down to Pawtucket, he narrowed up his base and stayed on top of the ball with a line drive approach more and along with it, I fully recognize that consistent opportunity is needed but yet we'€™ve had some other guys that have either maintained their performance or have stepped up and they'€™ve taken some of those at-bats away.'€