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Lavarnway called up; Nava to disabled list

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 1, 2012 05:11 PM

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The Red Sox have two roster moves to make today. One is done.

Daniel Nava was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a wrist injury. Ryan Lavarnway was called up from Triple A Pawtucket to take his place on the roster.

LHP Craig Breslow was scheduled to land at 5 p.m. at Logan. If he gets to the park, he will be added to the roster and presumably a pitcher will be optioned. Clayton Mortensen and Junichi Tazawa are the leading candidates.

Lavarnway is here because Kelly Shoppach is dealing with a badly bruised shin. He should be available for the game, but is at least a little questionable. With Shoppach and Mike Aviles (toe) dealing with injuries, Lavarnway gives the Sox another righthanded bat.

Meanwhile:

• Josh Beckett is not a DL candidate, at least not yet, according to Bobby Valentine. But Franklin Morales is being held in reserve to make a start.

• David Ortiz was looking relatively mobile as he walked through the clubhouse on his way to the batting cage. "Feeling good," he said in a revealing two-word interview with the Globe on his way by.

Ortiz is eligible to come off the disabled list as of today. He seems to be only a few days away. Once he can run with his strained Achilles' tendon, he'll be back.

• RHP Scott Atchison is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrew on Monday morning to hear what his options are for a torn ulnar collateral ligament. The expectation is that he will get Tommy John surgery. Tough break for Atch, who was having his best season in the majors.

• Andrew Bailey pitched a scoreless inning in the Gulf Coast League today. He allowed a hit and struck out two. He'll stay in Fort Myers for his next appearance.

• LHP Rich Hill is scheduled for a bullpen session on Thursday. From there he hopes to advance to live batting practice. He said his strained flexor tendon has fully healed as far as he can tell.

• Ryan Sweeney had a screw put in his broken knuckle. It sounds like his season is over given how long it will take for him to heal. Teammate Aaron Cook hung boxing gloves in his locker. " “I haven’t slept in two days. I couldn’t sleep. I just messed up," said Sweeney, who hurt himself punching a metal door. I’ve talked to a lot of guys. Everybody’s thrown their helmet or thrown their bat or hit something. I guess I just didn’t know how to push the door. It’s just one of those things. The adrenalin got to me.

“Trust me, I regret it. That’s the biggest thing, not being there for your team and being able to be out on the field. It’s a tough thing to swallow.”

• Breslow and Lavarnway are the only two active players in the majors from Yale. Before them, you have to go back to the pride of Worcester, Ron Darling. He was in the majors from 1983-95.

• Ryan Kalish is bumming a bit because his pal Lars Anderson was traded to Cleveland. The two spent parts of six years as teammates in the organization. "People are asking me if I'm OK," Kalish said, laughing. "I'm happy for him. I hope he gets a chance."

• Kudos to Will Middlebrooks, who visited sick kids at Boston Children's Hospital. He took a bunch of pictures with his iPhone and was showing different people. Middlebrooks seems to be a young man who really gets what it means to be in his position. It's easy to see why so many people in the organization like him.

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