Nava to have cyst in left wrist surgically removed

Nava to have cyst in left wrist surgically removed

Nava to have cyst in left wrist surgically removed
NEW YORK -- Daniel Nava's headed for offseason surgery on his left wrist, where a cyst hurt his production down the stretch.

"It's a very minor thing," Nava said after the Red Sox's final game of the season, a 14-2 loss to the Yankees. "No one's expecting any problems or things like that. Simple go in, take it out and be good to go."

Exactly how much recovery time Nava will need is still a little unclear, but he reiterated it won't interfere with his offseason significantly.

"I'm still learning on how long it's going to be," Nava said. "Anywhere from just a couple weeks in a splint, but after that it'll be fine, good to do everything just as normal."

Nava, who started the season in the Minors and wasn't invited to Spring Training, wasn't the same player in the second half, and the wrist contributed to that. The 29-year-old hit .324 in June, but his best average in a month afterward was .235, in September. But Nava wanted to be out there as long as he could on a team in dire straits.

"Yeah, it definitely made things a little more difficult and challenging, but I was glad to get out there and play through it," Nava said. "It definitely was [a point of pride] I didn't end the season on the DL. I wanted to get back out there and play. Basically, if I physically wasn't able to go was the only way I was going to say, 'All right, enough is enough.'

"Considering how [the season started] and to where it is now, I'm definitely happy. ... It's baseball and there's things I'd like to work on and get better, but as a whole, I feel blessed to have this opportunity -- and hopefully everyone else saw some good things, too."

Nava's final numbers for 2012 included a .243 average, six home runs and an impressive .354 on-base percentage. A switch-hitter, he was much more effective against right-handed pitchers, with a .385 OBP.

Asked if his goal was to come into Spring Training and win a job next year, Nava said he's going to have to wait before making those kinds of declarations.

"I'm going to let it settle a little bit, but also because there's so much turnover that's going to happen," Nava said. "Who knows what's going to happen next year."