Nava's transition to first base impresses Farrell

Nava's transition to first base impresses Farrell

TORONTO -- Daniel Nava added versatility to his game in Spring Training by making a seamless transition to first base, where the outfielder hadn't played since college.

Manager John Farrell saw enough good things that he had no hesitation in giving Nava the start at first for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays. That also gave Mike Napoli a chance to rest his feet from the Rogers Centre turf and serve as designated hitter.

It was Nava's third start of the season, with the first two at designated hitter.

Why did Nava get Sunday's start instead of Mike Carp, the team's other backup first baseman?

"The way he played in Spring Training. The way he's adapted, the way he's swung the bat. All things considered, that's why he's at first base," said Farrell. "I think he's made the transition and incorporated first base defensively pretty seamlessly."

Ian Browne is a reporter for Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.