ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays have claimed switch-hitting outfielder Daniel Nava off waivers from the Boston Red Sox. To make room for Nava on the active roster, outfielder Mikie Mahtook was optioned to Triple-A Durham.
Nava, 32, was designated for assignment by Boston on July 28. He batted .152 (10-for-66) for the Red Sox this season in 29 games, 18 starts (12-RF, 5-1B, 1-LF). He spent 48 games on the disabled list with a left thumb sprain from May 26 to July 20. Over parts of five seasons (2010, 2012-15) in the majors with the Boston, Nava hit .267 (351-for-1,315) with a .357 on-base percentage, 87 doubles, 23 home runs, 169 RBI and was hit by a pitch 44 times. Against right-handed pitchers, he owns a career .285 batting average and .377 on-base percentage.
Undrafted out of Santa Clara (Calif.) University, Nava was purchased by the Red Sox from the Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden Baseball League on Jan. 17, 2008. He connected for a grand slam on his first pitch seen in the majors on June 12, 2010 vs. Philadelphia, the second player in major league history to do that. His best season was 2013, when he batted .303 (139-for-458) with 12 homers and 29 doubles and helped the Red Sox win the World Series.