Updates from Thursday, April 17
The Red Sox have confirmed Mike Napoli is in the lineup for tonight's game:
4/17 at CWS: Pedroia 2B, Bogaerts SS, Ortiz DH, Napoli 1B, Gomes LF, Ross C, Nava RF, Roberts 3B, Bradley Jr. CF, Lester LHP— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 17, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 16
ESPN's Gordon Edes has an update on Napoli's finger:
Napoli's splint is off. Ring finger taped to little finger. Said he thought he could put a glove over it; hadn't swung a bat yet. It's sore— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) April 16, 2014
The Boston Red Sox lost to the Chicago White Sox Tuesday to the tune of 2-1, but they had more pressing long-term concerns in mind than an April loss.
Tim Britton of the Providence Journal alerted fans to the developments regarding Mike Napoli:
Officially a dislocated finger on Napoli. X-rays negative.— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) April 16, 2014
Napoli injured his finger when diving into second base in the ninth inning. Fortunately for Red Sox fans, it doesn’t appear as if the injury is too serious, and we may even see him play during Wednesday’s game.
Scott Lauber of The Boston Herald provided even more details on the first baseman’s health:
Mike Napoli has splint on left ring finger. Doctor re-set it after confirming it wasn't broken. Not ruling out playing tomorrow #RedSox— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) April 16, 2014
Napoli was 1-for-3 on the day before being replaced by Dustin Pedroia as a pinch runner. Napoli has gotten off to an impressive start on the young season and is hitting .302 with three home runs and nine RBI.
Boston is a disappointing 5-9 thus far, so it would serve the team well if it can keep one of its hotter hitters in the middle of the lineup going forward. Check back for more updates as they develop.