Nava Back Surgery Out 10-12 Weeks

Musgrove progressing

Jim Colony
February 28, 2018 - 9:55 am
Daniel Nava of the Pittsburgh Pirates

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It appears Daniel Nava’s Pirates career could be over before it had a chance to start.  The 35-year old outfielder, who has had back issues in the past including last season, underwent back surgery this week and will miss 10-12 weeks according to Pirates Director of Sports Medicine Todd Tomzcyk.

Nava was shut down early in camp and after a meeting among team doctors, it was determined surgery was the best option.  The microdisectomy was performed by Dr. Chris Yueng in Arizona, who has worked with Nava in the past.

The switch-hitting Nava was limited to 80 games with the Phillies in 2017, but hit well when he was healthy - .301 with a .393 on base percentage and a respectable .813 OPS.  After he was signed to a minor league deal, the Pirates also signed veteran OFs Michael Saunders and Bryce Brentz then traded for Corey Dickerson.

Tomczyk also says starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (right soulder) is throwing off a mound and is progressing toward being ready for the regular season rotation.