Mike Napoli 1B BOS 2 weeks ago

Napoli went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

Napoli is hitless to start the season, having gone 0-for-17 in four games played.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 2 weeks ago

Napoli is out of the lineup Thursday against the Phillies, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

David Ortiz will return to first base following an 0-for-4, one-strikeout showing from Napoli in his first start Wednesday. Both players should see near everyday playing time moving forward, with the Red Sox not set to visit another NL park until mid-June.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 2 weeks ago

Napoli made his season debut in the second game of the season Wednesday, going 0-for-4 in Boston's loss to Philadelphia.

With Boston opening in a National League city, a designated-hitter free zone, Napoli and David Oritz can't both be in the lineup. We'll probably see Ortiz for the final game of the series Thursday.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 3 weeks ago

Napoli will return to the batting order Wednesday, batting fifth and playing first base, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Napoli sat the first game of the series due to the lack of a designated hitter, but will get the start at first base over David Ortiz Wednesday. Expect him to be a constant presence in the lineup moving forward when the designated hitter spot returns.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 3 weeks ago

Napoli will not be in the starting lineup when Boston opens its season in Philadelphia on Monday.

David Ortiz will get the start at first base for Boston while Napoli, who hit .400 with a 1.342 OPS during spring training, will come off the bench.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 1 month ago

Napoli hit his team-leading third homer of the spring Saturday against the Rays.

Napoli appears to be a new man this spring after dealing with several nagging injuries in 2014 and his offseason surgery to address sleep apnea.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 1 month ago

Napoli (ankle) returned to action Thursday after missing a week. He went 1-for-2 with a run scored.

In 23 spring at-bats, Napoli is hitting .391.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 1 month ago

Napoli (ankle) could be back in game action by the end of the week, the Boston Herald's Scott Lauber reports.

This is in line with the report from the weekend where Napoli was expected to miss a few days with ankle soreness. Opening Day is now two weeks away, but Napoli could be ready if he can get back into game action soon. Allen Craig serves as a very competent backup option at first base, so Boston will feel no need to rush Napoli if he is not ready.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 1 month ago

Napoli (ankle) is expected to miss a few days, the Boston Herald reports.

After being scratched from Friday's lineup, Napoli will sit a few more days to let the discomfort subside. It sounds like the Red Sox are just taking all of the necessary precautions with their first baseman, as Napoli described the issue as "nothing serious." He still has more than two weeks to gear up for Opening Day.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 1 month ago

Napoli was scratched from Friday's lineup with ankle soreness, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

We're probably just looking at a blip in the radar as far as Napoli's Opening Day readiness goes. Definitely check back in the next few days to make sure nothing else pops up, but Napoli's had a strong, healthy spring and could be set to improve off his .248 average, 17-homer 2014 season that was limited by injuries.