Already scrambling to find answers on offense to stop their losing ways, the Boston Red Sox were forced to reshuffle their roster once again on Saturday.
Outfielder Shane Victorino was placed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Daniel Nava was recalled to take this place. As reported by Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe:
Workman starts tomorrow. Victorino to DL. Nava recalled. #redsox
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) May 24, 2014
As Abraham notes, this move comes at the same time that the team moved things around to have Brandon Workman start on Sunday.
The Red Sox are playing the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend in a showdown that surprisingly consists of two teams at the bottom of the AL East. For a Boston team that is struggling to score runs and finds itself in the midst of an eight game losing streak, Victorino was not exactly lighting the world on fire himself (.240/.276/.352 through 21 games).
As for Nava, he struggled mightily in his first big-league stint this year, batting .149 in 17 games. Even still Boston will hope he can provide a spark as he did at times during the 2013 season as they try to stop their losing ways. With the issues up and down their lineup, it certainly can’t hurt to give him that chance.