The Boston Red Sox need a first baseman. With Mike Napoli already on the disabled list and Mike Carp being added onto it today with a broken foot. Carp was hit by a pitch from Atlanta’s David Hale on Tuesday. A Cat Scan on Sunday revealed the fracture in his right foot, according to ESPN Boston’s Kyle Brasseur. He is out indefinitely. Carp can play pretty much each infield position and had been filling in at first for the injured Napoli. So now what do the Red Sox do? Plan C, I guess.
They called up Daniel Nava from Triple-A Pawtucket and he will see time at first but so will Brock Holt. Scott Barboza of ESPN Boston reports that Holt played his first game at first base on Monday. All was not perfect as he made an error on a would-be easily made throw in the eighth inning. Holt, a 25-year old third baseman, took it in stride. He said he’d only been playing first base since 10:30 that morning when he began working with Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield on his footwork. So overall it appears that his first try at first base was a relative success.
Nava will replace Carp on the roster until Napoli returns. Look for him to play some first base but for Brock Holt to get the majority of starts at the position for at least the next week.