Red Sox designate Daniel Nava for assignment

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BOSTON -- There's a pretty good chance that Daniel Nava's career with the  Red Sox is over.

Nava was designated for assignment Thursday when the Red Sox needed to clear a roster spot to get an extra reliever after the bullpen was forced to throw seven innings in relief of Rick Porcello Wednesday night.

Nava was out of options. The Red Sox now have 10 days to release him outright, trade him, or, should he clear waivers, assign him to  Pawtucket.

It doesn't appear that Nava fits much in the team's future plans.

He was limited to 29 games and 66 at-bats this year, with the playing time down due to both injury (thumb) and under-performance.

Nava's salary of $1.85 for 2015 means he has about $700,000 remaining this year. That shouldn't be an impediment to some team grabbing him off waivers.

If this is, indeed, the end for Nava in Boston, he authored a nice story: bought from an independent league team in 2008 for the grand total of  $1, Nava played 424 games in the big leagues over the past six years.

That's precisely 424 more than he expected.

On his first swing in big leagues, Nava hit a pinch-hit grand slam on June 12, 2010, at the age of 27. Nava was designated for assignment in 2011 and  didn't appear in the big leagues at all that year. Improbably, he made it back and enjoyed his best season as part of the 2013 World Series team.

That season, Nava hit .303 with 12 homers and 66 RBI, playing mostly in the outfield. He posted an .831 OPS that year.

But his production dipped in the early part of 2014 and Nava was sent to the minors. He returned in the second half and had more success, hitting .297 after the All-Star break.

However, he didn't drive the ball much with just two homers and a .405 slugging percentage.

This year, crowded out by the glut of outfielders, Nava never ignited at the plate. Part of that was a thumb injury which took a while to heal.

Since returning from the DL, he had just five plate appearances before being designated Thursday.

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