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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Red Sox Injury Update: Mike Napoli undergoes surgery for sleep apnea

By on 11/06/2014 09:29:00 PM

Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli underwent surgery to correct his sleep apnea, according to Jason Mastrodonato.

The procedure is called a bimaxillary advancement, which moves the upper and lower jaw forward to enlarge the airway in both the tongue and palate, according to NBC Sports. The procedure should help Napoli’s breathing, especially during sleep, and the hope is that better rest will yield better on-field performance and improved overall health.

Last season, Napoli only played in 119 games, with a batting average of .248 and 17 home runs. He is entering the final season of a two year, $32 million contract.

Stevie Larson is a writer for MLB Injury News. Follow him on Twitter
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