Nava returns from paternity leave

Daniel Nava rejoined the Red Sox on Thursday as the team activated him from the paternity leave list.

In a corresponding roster move, the Sox sent rookie knuckleballer Steven Wright back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Nava, who had been on paternity leave since Monday, hasn't played since Aug. 2. Entering Thursday's game at the Kansas City Royals, he's batting .282 with 10 home runs and 53 RBIs and 55 runs scored in 96 games.

He's batting seventh and playing first base Thursday night. David Ortiz gets the night off, with Mike Napoli at DH. Here's the lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Shane Victorino RF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Jonny Gomes LF

Stephen Drew SS

Mike Napoli DH

Daniel Nava 1B

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Brock Holt 3B

Jon Lester P