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Monday, September 29, 2014

Red Sox Injury Update: Clay Buchholz, Mike Napoli, Will Middlebrooks

By on 9/29/2014 05:30:00 PM

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz will undergo minor surgery on his right knee, reports Alex Speier of Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe adds that first basemen Mike Napoli will receive treatment for sleep apnea, while third basemen Will Middlebrooks will not play winter ball in an attempt to get healthy, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe:

Injuries may have been responsible for Buchholz's poor season, although the team does not believe the meniscus problem was a major factor. The 30-year-old put up the worst season of his career with a 5.34 ERA (4.01 FIP) in 28 starts in 2014.

Napoli isn't expected to need surgery on his finger or toe, which bothered him for most of the season, but will try to treat a case of sleep apnea. Once again, Napoli put up solid numbers at the plate with a .248/.370/.419 line, but was limited to 119 games due to various injuries.

Middlebrooks was also hampered by injuries (63 games played) and will skip winter ball to rest his ailing hand. When Middlebrooks was able to play, he wasn't effective with a .191/.256/.265 line, leaving serious questions about his role in Boston's future plans.

The Red Sox finished a disappointing 2014 season at 71-91, but should have the pieces to bounce back quickly. If Napoli and Buchholz can get to full strength, they will certainly be big parts of the club in 2015.    

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