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Friday, October 17, 2014

Red Sox Injury Update: Mike Napoli will have surgery to address sleep apnea

By on 10/17/2014 02:15:00 PM

Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli will undergo surgery for sleep apnea on November 4 according to Rob Bradford of  Despite missing significant time in the 2014 season for injuries to his finger, toe and back, this is the only surgical procedure scheduled.

Napoli told that he has ‘been deal with sleep apnea for a long time’ and that other medical interventions (including medicines and a CPAP machine) have not provided significant relief of the sleep apnea. 
Sleep apnea causes the sufferer to stop breathing for short periods of time involuntarily during sleep.  The surgery which Napoli will have is called Maxilomandibular Advancement and requires the movement of both the upper and lower jaw forward which helps to expand the airway.

Napoli played in only 119 games this season, batting .248/.370/.419 with 17 home runs and 55 RBIs.  He is signed with the Red Sox through the 2015 season.

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