"We have to take these remaining days in camp here and determine what's best for us as an organization," said Farrell. "I'm not suggesting there's player movement anywhere, but there's only going to be three [starting] spots."
At this point, it appears as if
"And there's six guys -- well, there will be five guys in that group to handle those three spots, with two guys coming off the bench. What that means for the final Opening Day roster remains to be seen.
"We're just trying to get more exposure to Rusney in right field; we need to get a better gauge on Vic's durability, if we can, over the coming days. We acknowledged from the first day in camp, the outfield, there's going to be a lot of focus on our outfield.
"That pretty much hasn't changed, but what we've seen are some really encouraging things. And that's how quickly Rusney's come back and shown decent timing at the plate [and] what Mookie's done in center field speaks for itself."
"That was a good test," said Nava, who played first base on Saturday. "Everyone knows what he can do. He introduced me to it real quick. I faced him last year right-handed. He's challenging. That's why he's one of the best pitchers in the National League."
Nava has hit better from the left side his entire career and is hoping it will continue this season.
"I think I'm starting to get an idea," said Nava. "As much as I don't want to take pitches, I want to see stuff. So I'm starting to get an idea of what I need to do left-handed to put myself in a better position to take good swings."
Manager John Farrell thinks his timing is key to having success at the plate.
"He's put up very good at-bats against some good left-handers -- and today was one of them," said Farrell. "I even think there's some benefit when he does face a right-hander. He's stayed on the left side of the plate, so his timing may be more readily spot on when a right-hander does come in the game. He hasn't looked uncomfortable against left-handers. He still tracks and sees the ball very well."
"I'm definitely trying it out," Nava said. "I'm just really trying to see what becomes of it. I still have the right-hand swing; it's not in the garbage. Just knowing how the left-right splits are, I thought it would be a good shot to see with my approach if it could work."
Nava has hit .293 with a .385 slugging percentage from the left side in his career while hitting just .209 from the right.
"I just need more time to really get an idea. I might as well at least commit to it as long as I can, and we'll see what happens," Nava said. "I'm very realistic right now that it's going to be a challenge, but hopefully later down the road it might get a little easier."
Nava is in his first year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. He hit .270/.346/.361 with four home runs and 37 RBI in 363 at-bats in 2014.
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|9/28/2014 vs N.Y. Yankees|
|vs N.Y. Yankees||39||11||2||.417||.436||.282|
|vs Pineda (Career)||3||1||1||1.333||.333||.333|
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|2010||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||77||284||41||82||16||1||10||48||28||64||4||2||.372||.458||.289|
|2011||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||121||441||69||118||27||2||10||48||70||88||10||3||.372||.406||.268|
|2012||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||29||99||20||31||7||1||4||18||16||15||1||1||.425||.525||.313|
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