Farrell pleased with Nava's strides in Triple-A

Farrell pleased with Nava's strides in Triple-A

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that he's been getting promising news on the progress of outfielder Daniel Nava, who was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on April 23.

"He's back to an approach that we saw last year," Farrell said. "Defensively, he's played all three outfield positions, including designated hitter."

In six games with Pawtucket, Nava is hitting .333 with one double, one home run and three RBIs.

The demotion was a hard pill to swallow for Nava, who was a pivotal part of the Red Sox's championship run last season.

"The disappointment of going down hasn't filtered into his work between the lines, and he's swinging the bat well," said Farrell.

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.