Nava (back) has yet to receive clearance to participate in baseball activities and is expected to return to his native Arizona to continue his rehab in the near future, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Nava, who signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates in the offseason, saw his bid for an Opening Day roster spot come to a close after requiring back surgery in February. With the 35-year-old having yet to even take batting practice in just about five months, it's looking increasingly unlikely that he'll play at any level in 2018.
Nava (back) had a minor setback and is no longer running, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports. He has not yet played in a game this year at any level after undergoing back surgery in late February, and now it sounds like he will be delayed even longer. Consider Nava, who is set to open at Triple-A once healthy, out indefinitely.
The Pirates reassigned Nava to their minor-league camp Monday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. It's merely a procedural move since Nava isn't expected to be at full strength until at least mid-May following back surgery in late February. The Pirates released Nava from his initial minor-league deal and re-signed him last week so as to avoid paying him a retention bonus, allowing the outfielder to continue to rehab in Florida under the supervision of the organization's training staff.
Nava (back) signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates on Friday, Liz Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Nava underwent back surgery in late February, and his inability to suit up for any Grapefruit League games caused the Pirates to release the outfielder from his previous deal earlier this week. He will rejoin the club on a new contract with the hopes of returning to action around the middle of May. Once he's back to full health, it's expected that Nava will contend for a spot in the outfield with the big-league team.
Nava may agree to a contract with the Pirates in the coming days, Elizabeth Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Nava was invited to attend the Pirates' spring training as a non-roster invitee. However, he suffered a back injury that ended up requiring surgery, which led to him being released by the team Tuesday. Despite being cut from the team, Pittsburgh hopes to sign Nava in the near future so that he can provide depth in the outfield and at first base when he returns to full health.