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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Red Sox Injury Updates: Mike Napoli, Xander Bogaerts

By on 4/27/2014 10:15:00 AM

The Boston Red Sox will face the Toronto Blue Jays at 1pm today and they'll be looking to sweep the Jays in their own ballpark.  Boston will hand the ball to Jon Lester (2-3) as he takes on Toronto's R.A. Dickey (1-3).  The Red Sox won a close one yesterday and they did it without two of their everyday players.  Let's delve in to why.

Mike Napoli
Napoli has been red-hot as of late, reaching base in twenty consecutive games.  He's also had a lot of small injuries this season, most noticeably when he dislocated his finger back on the 15th.  Manager John Farrell decided that Napoli needed a day off yesterday, writes Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe:
“It helps to get that day occasionally,” Napoli said. “Just to get off your feet. I still have trouble holding the bat sometimes and this will help out a lot.”
Napoli was replaced at first base by Mike Carp, who wound up going 1-for-3 with a walk, a double & two runs scored.  Napoli has been Boston's best hitter this season, slashing a .307 average to go with six doubles, five home runs & fifteen RBI.  He is back in the lineup today, play first base & hitting third.  Napoli is a career 3-for-8 against Dickey.

Xander Bogaerts
Bogaerts was also off yesterday, replaced in the field by Jonathan Herrera, who went 0-for-4 and grounded in to a double play.  Gorden Edes of ESPN tweets out why he was off:
A lot of players have come down with the flu this season, it seems to be at an all-time high.  Bogaerts has been one of Boston's better hitters this season as well, hitting .277  with five doubles, a home run & five RBI.  Bogaerts is back in the lineup today, hitting 7th and playing shortstop.

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