Daniel Nava Finding Ways to Contribute Offensively, Defensively After DL Stint

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Daniel Nava Finding Ways to Contribute Offensively, Defensively After DL StintFinally healthy, Daniel Nava is shining once again.

Nava, who spent the majority of August on the disabled list with a wrist injury, has performed masterfully as of late, making spectacular defensive plays against the Blue Jays while also contributing at the plate.

During Saturday's 3-2 win, Nava leaped into the left-field wall to rob Rajai Davis of extra bases. On Friday night, the 29-year-old uncorked a two-run single in the fifth inning that lifted the team to a lead.

"It's been a while since I've been out there,'' Nava told reporters in Toronto. "So to get an opportunity to be in that situation and have a count where I was able to get a pitch to do something with, it felt really good. Especially, since the other night (against the Yankees), I had a couple of opportunities and wasn't able to even move the runner over or even get a runner in on a sac fly.
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"It was like, 'Gosh, that's how it feels again,' after so long.''

It's quite the reminder of his performance from May to June. Shortly after his call up on May 10 — his first appearance since the end of the 2010 season — Nava was an on-base machine.

But the highlight of his weekend took place in Friday's win. In the
eighth inning of the game, with the score tied 5-5, he sprawled onto the
Rogers Centre turf to rob Adam Lind of a hit. He nearly doubled off Brett Lawrie at second base with his throw.

"I thought it was it was in the gap, so I was heading that way," Nava said. "It kind of came back. Instincts took over because I didn't think I was going to have to dive for it. It just happened.''

Through 73 games this season, Nava has produced four home runs and 29 RBIs.

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