Nava signed with the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association on Saturday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Nava appeared in 80 games for the Phillies in 2017, hitting .301/.393/.421. He did not appear at any level in 2018 while recovering from back surgery. He'll have a chance to return to affiliated baseball if he proves to be healthy and effective in indy ball, though at age 36, his chances of appearing in the majors again may be slim.
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.
Nava (back) was released by the Pirates on Monday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
Nava underwent back surgery at the latter end of February and was unable to appear in any spring games for Pittsburgh. It's estimated that Nava will need 10-to-12 weeks to return to full health, which puts him on track to play around the middle of May. If healthy, Nava could provide a club with organizational depth, as he hit .301/.393/.421 over 80 games with the Phillies last season.
Nava (back) underwent a microdiscectomy Tuesday in Arizona and has been ruled out for 10-to-12 weeks, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Though he inked a minor-league contract with the Pirates earlier in the winter, Nava was expected to vie for a platoon role in the corner outfield in spring training, but ongoing back discomfort prevented him from ever entering the competition. With the 35-year-old now expected to be sidelined through at least mid-May following the back surgery, there's a decent chance the Pirates cut bait with him entirely, given his status as a non-roster player.
Nava (back) is still hindered by his back discomfort during the early stages of spring training, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
The 35-year-old missed time in the latter part of 2017 due to a lower back strain, and it doesn't seem like the issue is completely in the rear-view mirror. This could make it problematic for the non-roster invitee to crack the Opening Day roster, especially with Pittsburgh trading for outfielder Bryce Brentz on Tuesday. It's unclear how much this issue will hold Nava back during spring training, but things should become clearer as Grapefruit League play rolls along.
Nava (back) signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates on Tuesday which includes an invitation to spring training, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The switch-hitting Nava could be part of a platoon in left field if he wins a job out of camp. The veteran outfielder hit for a surprisingly strong .301/.393/.421 line in 214 plate appearances with Philadelphia last year before gong down with a lower back strain. That line was backed by an unsustainable .357 BABIP, but even coming somewhat close to those numbers would make Nava a valuable contributor off the bench in Pittsburgh.
Nava (back strain) was placed on the 60-day DL on Wednesday.
Nava last played Sept. 3, so this means the end of his 2017 season -- his final year before free agency. He hit .301/.393/.421 with four home runs in 214 plate appearances and was worth one win over a replacement player (according to FanGraphs). While his season didn't end in an ideal way, he performed well while on the field. It remains to be seen if he will be offered a big-league deal from a team this offseason or if he will have to settle for a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Nava (back) was activated from the DL on Friday.
Now that Nava has returned to full health, he'll likely be used as a reserve option in the Phillies' outfield. Nava, who's appeared in 72 games this season, currently owns a .298 batting average and .817 OPS.
Nava was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a lower back strain, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
It's unclear when the injury cropped up on Nava, but it's apparently bothersome enough to require a trip to the DL. While he remains without a timetable for his return, the move is retroactive to Aug. 12, so he'll be eligible to rejoin the Phillies on Aug. 22 should he be ready. Cameron Perkins was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Nava is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mets, Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice.com reports.
Nava will find himself on the bench for a fifth consecutive contest with the recent promotion of prospect Rhys Hoskins from Triple-A Lehigh Valley having pushed the veteran out of regular starting duties in the corner outfield. Though Nava is batting an outstanding .298/.390/.427 over 200 plate appearances this season, his standing as a 34-year-old on an expiring contract gives the rebuilding Phillies little incentive to deploy him in an everyday role.
Nava is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Braves.
Nava will hit the bench following three consecutive starts, opening up a turn in the lineup for Cameron Perkins. It's still expected that Nava will retain something close to an everyday role for as long as Aaron Altherr (hamstring) remains on the disabled list, giving the veteran some appeal in deeper formats while he maintains an excellent .302/.394/.432 batting line on the season.
Nava will start in left field and bat third Tuesday against the Braves.
It's the third straight start for Nava, with all of his assignments coming at different positions. He should at least be in store for a semi-regular role in the corner outfield for the duration of Aaron Altherr's (hamstring) stay on the disabled list, giving Nava some value in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues. Nava has gone 10-for-27 with four extra-base hits since the All-Star break, boosting his season line to a robust .311/.404/.445 over 193 plate appearances.
Nava went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Saturday's 8-5 loss to the Rockies.
Nava was getting a start in right field with Aaron Altherr on the disabled list with a hamstring strain. He'll likely rotate with Hyun Soo Kim and Cameron Perkins while Altherr is sidelined. Nava is also a candidate to be moved in a waiver trade this month given his strong performance in a reserve role this season.
Nava (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
As expected, Nava will return from the disabled list in order to add outfield depth to the Phillies. He ultimately missed the minimum 10 days due to his hamstring strain, but now he'll likely return to a reserve role with Nick Williams, Aaron Altherr and Odubel Herrera locked into starting outfield spots.
Nava (hamstring) is expected to come off the disabled list Wednesday, Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Nava has been sidelined since July 22 when he strained his hamstring. The Phillies optioned Cameron Perkins to Triple-A on Tuesday in anticipation of activating Nava from the DL. He should see a few starts a week with the Phillies focused on getting at-bats for their young outfielders.
Nava was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday due to a left hamstring strain.
The Phillies wanted to bring Aaron Altherr back from his DL stint, and given that Nava hasn't played for three straight games, the team decided to put him on the shelf to recover. This move is retroactive to July 23, so Nava will be able to return by August 2 at the earliest, although it's unclear if he'll be able to return by that day or not. Things should become clearer as he ramps up his activity again.
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