BOSTON -- Outfielder Daniel Nava, one of the bright spots
for the Red Sox of late, was scratched from Sunday
afternoon's game against the Nationals at Fenway Park
with a sore left hand.
Darnell McDonald slotted in as the left fielder, while
Scott Podsednik moved to the top spot in the order as the
Nava was 0-for-4 in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Nats,
who can sweep a three-game series from the Sox on Sunday.
Nava has a .298/.429/.489 line in 29 games since being
Hill to visit Dr. Andrews; Melancon called up
BOSTON -- Rich Hill is visiting Dr. James Andrews, Mark
Melancon's getting his second chance, and the Red Sox
bullpen is back to two lefties.
Hill was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because
of soreness in his left elbow and forearm, a particularly
scary sign for a pitcher who last year underwent Tommy John
surgery. He's going to Pensacola, Fla., for a Monday
morning appointment with Andrews, who performed the
Melancon, who was demoted April 18, was recalled in
Hill's place after dominating at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Hill told reporters he wouldn't have answers until
after the Andrews meeting.
"Hill had a little tightness in his elbow and, because
of the situation that he's dealing with in the first
year of his rehabilitation, we're going to have him go
back to Dr. Andrews," manager Bobby Valentine said.
"He just doesn't feel good throwing his curveball.
Hopefully it will come back as [standard operating
procedure] that this is the way things happen as you
recover from Tommy John."
Hill is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA in 13 2/3 innings over 17
appearances and last pitched Friday against the Nationals
at Fenway Park, throwing a scoreless frame. He was bothered
that night by the curveball, but the discomfort dates to
"He said about three weeks ago, it bothered him a
little, and then it went away and there was no
problem," Valentine said. "I heard of it one of
those days where I didn't use him for three days or so,
and then he said he's fine, and then I think it was
five days since he was in a game the other day. In that
game, he threw those four curveballs to [Bryce] Harper, and
he just didn't feel great about it."
Melancon's start to the season in the big leagues was
rough as he allowed 11 runs while recording a total of six
outs. As the closer in Pawtucket, the 27-year-old righty
did an about-face, posting 0.83 ERA in 21 2/3 innings. He
struck out 27 and walked just three, and was happy to
"It's kind of like, I don't know, I guess if
you go to a different school and then you come back,"
Melancon said. "You kind of just see all your old
friends, just a good feeling."
Valentine said the reports he heard of Melancon's time
in Triple-A were all excellent and said too that he
wouldn't hesitate to throw Melancon into the fire:
"As good as he's throwing, I'd like to put him
in situations that will help us win a game if that's
Melancon said his issue was never confidence, rather
"simply aggressiveness and approach." He also
took the demotion as well as one could.
The Sox are back to having just two lefties in the bullpen:
Franklin Morales and Andrew Miller.
Red Sox Scholars honored before game
BOSTON -- The Red Sox and the club's charitable arm,
the Red Sox Foundation, honored 10 members of the Red Sox
Scholars Class of 2012 at Sunday afternoon's game at
In its 10th year, the Red Sox Scholars Program provides
scholarships and mentoring for academically talented and
financially challenged middle school students from Boston
Prior to the series finale against the Nationals, the
scholars accompanied the players onto the field, read the
starting lineups and sang the national anthem with musician
In addition to the 10 new scholars selected this year,
Sunday's pregame ceremony celebrated scholars who have
been in the program since fifth grade and graduating high
school this spring.
There are 220 Red Sox Scholars in the program, including
this year's class. The students range from seventh
graders to rising juniors in college. This year's class
of scholars are in seventh grade and were selected based on
academic performance and financial need.
"We are excited to honor the new class of Red Sox
Scholars and a milestone year as we celebrate the 10th
anniversary of this important program," said Red Sox
chairman Tom Werner. "We have enjoyed getting to know
many of these children starting when they were middle
school students as they have grown to young adulthood. We
could not have achieved such success without the continued
generosity of our partners at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Center and commitment from both Mayor Menino and Boston
School Superintendent Carol Johnson."
Evan Drellich is a
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Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was
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