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Red Sox send struggling Nava to Triple-A

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Boston Red Sox struggling outfielder Daniel Nava was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, the team announced Wednesday.

Nava, 31, is 10-for-67 (.149) with two doubles, two home runs, three RBIs, six walks and seven runs scored in 17 games for the Red Sox this season between right field (15 games, 14 starts), left field (three games, one start), and first base (two games, two starts). He had 17 strikeouts.

Nava hit .303 with 12 homers and 66 RBIs in 134 games last season.

In 299 career major league games over parts of four seasons with the Red Sox (2010, 2012-14), the switch-hitter has a .265 batting average (253-for-953) with 66 doubles, one triple, 21 home runs, 128 RBIs and 113 walks.

With Shane Victorino likely to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday and Boston's bullpen in need of an extra pitcher for Wednesday night's game against the New York Yankees, Nava's roster spot was the one utilized.

Right-hander Alex Wilson, who spent time with the Red Sox last year before suffering arm problems, was recalled from Pawtucket. The Red Sox will likely send Wilson back to the minors on Thursday to open a spot for Victorino, who has been sidelined with a right hamstring strain.

"That's never a fun conversation," manager John Farrell said about Nava in an interview on Boston radio station WEEI on Wednesday. "I think he was certainly disappointed by the news he was going to be optioned back. He was a big part of this offense last year, particularly as a left-handed hitter. But we've got to get him back on track. The at bats and the consistency of the at bats are not there right now. There's the need for a little bit more of a consistent two-strike approach. And he's got to get back to get reps as a right-handed hitter."

Wilson will be active for Wednesday's game against the Yankees at Fenway Park.

Wilson, 27, is 0-0 with one save and 8.0 scoreless innings over eight appearances for Pawtucket, all in relief. He has given up just four hits and five walks (one intentional) with nine strikeouts for the PawSox, with no hits allowed in five of his eight outings.

Last year, Wilson made his major league debut with 26 games over three stints with the Red Sox, going 1-1 with a 4.88 ERA and 22 strikeouts compared to 14 walks. He did not surrender a home run in 27 2/3 innings with the big league club.

Born in Dhahran, Wilson was the first pitcher from Saudi Arabia to appear in a major league game.

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