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.
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:
Days off for Napoli and Bogaerts. Napoli 2 for 16 w/9 K's v. Morrow; Bogaerts has a touch of fluA 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.
— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) April 26, 2014
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