Mike Napoli 1B BOS 2 Hrs

Mike Napoli (finger) is back in the starting lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

Napoli suffered a dislocated left ring finger Tuesday after jamming his hand against the second base bag on a head-first slide, but he managed to avoid a more serious injury. He'll bat cleanup Thursday against Chris Sale.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 1 Day

Mike Napoli (finger) is not in the Red Sox starting lineup Wednesday night against the White Sox.

Napoli suffered a dislocated left ring finger Tuesday after jamming his hand against the second base bag on a head-first slide. He's expected to avoid the disabled list but may need a few more days off. Daniel Nava is starting at first base Wednesday in Chicago.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 2 Days

Mike Napoli has been diagnosed with a dislocated left ring finger.

That much could be seen by looking at the gruesome picture of Napoli's finger after he slid into second base following a ninth-inning wild pitch. However, the good news is that X-rays on the finger came back negative, and the first baseman is being listed as day-to-day. Mike Carp will handle first if Napoli has to sit out a day or two.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 2 Days

Mike Napoli left Tuesday's game against the White Sox after appearing to dislocate his left ring finger on a slide into second base.

Napoli advanced to second on wild pitch, sliding in head-first but coming up with his finger pointing in the wrong direction. If it's just a dislocation, it's possible he can avoid the disabled list. If it's a fracture, a DL stint will obviously be required. Mike Carp would figure to take over at first base while Napoli is sidelined.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 4 Days

Mike Napoli belted a solo homer off Ivan Nova in a losing effort against the Yankees on Sunday night.

Napoli finished the night 2-for-4, also doubling. He's off to another very strong start at the plate this season, slashing .300/.386/.520 with three homers and nine RBI.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 9 Days

Mike Napoli went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.

Napoli is swinging the bat well, batting .364 through eight games. His numbers over the past two seasons haven't matched his 2011 output, but he is still a good bet to hit 20-plus homers with 75-plus RBI.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 15 Days

Mike Napoli had a two-run homer and a two-run single to lead the Red Sox past the Orioles 6-2 on Wednesday.

The two-run single came after David Ortiz was intentionally walked to get to him in the seventh. It was Napoli's 18th career four-RBI game. Seven of those have come in his 141 games with the Red Sox.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 19 Days

Mike Napoli went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI versus the Twins on Saturday.

Napoli is heating up at the right time, with five hits and two homers the last three days. He hit just .188 in his first 48 at-bats of the spring.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 4 Months

Red Sox re-signed 1B Mike Napoli to a two-year, $32 million contract.

As it turns out, Napoli is lucky his hip condition forced the Red Sox to back out of their originally agreed to three-year, $39 million deal last winter, as he'll now earn a total of $45 million over those three years. Napoli proved that his hip was not an issue in 2013, batting .259/.360/.482 with 23 home runs and 92 RBI while playing surprisingly good defense at first base.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 4 Months

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Mike Napoli agreed to take less money to return to the World Champion Boston Red Sox.

Napoli had at least one other offer on the table, believed to be from the Mariners, Rangers or Marlins who had all expressed interest in the slugger's services. Even at $16 million per season, he represents a nice bargain for the Red Sox on a two-year deal.