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Mike Napoli | First Baseman

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/31/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Mike Napoli is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday evening against the Phillies.
David Ortiz will get the call at first base in the National League park. Napoli went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his first regular-season start Wednesday. Apr 9 - 3:09 PM

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Mike Napoli belted a two-run home run in Thursday's victory over the Twins.

It was a mammoth blast in the sixth inning off of top relief prospect Nick Burdi. After undergoing surgery in November to fix his sleep apnea, Napoli is batting .417 with five longballs this spring. He could be in line for a big bounce-back season.
Apr 2 - 10:36 PM

Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer Saturday as the Red Sox topped the Rays 9-6.

It was an opposite-field shot off Nate Karns. Napoli is batting .370 with three homers in 26 at-bats. Last year, he failed to top 20 homers for the first time since 2007, finishing with 17 in 415 at-bats. He should get back to at least 20 this year, but since he'll probably be batting sixth, rather than fourth, for Boston, his fantasy upside isn't quite what it used to be.
Mar 28 - 4:47 PM

Mike Napoli (ankle) is back in the Red Sox lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Twins.

Napoli missed several days of Grapefruit League action due to discomfort in his right ankle. The 33-year-old first baseman should be a full-go for Opening Day and still carries considerable fantasy value as a power threat in the middle of Boston's batting order.
Mar 26 - 9:06 AM

Mike Napoli was scratched from Friday's lineup due to right ankle soreness.

Napoli will rest for a couple days but downplayed the injury, saying the Red Sox are just being safe. He should return to Grapefruit League action early next week.
Mar 20 - 11:48 AM

Mike Napoli homered twice to account for both of Boston's runs Saturday against the Pirates.

Napoli figures to get the benefit of the doubt at the beginning of the season, but he's no lock to be Boston's best option at first base with Allen Craig and Daniel Nava also on the roster. Most likely, he'll remain a lineup fixture and a reliable bat. However, because he won't hit for a very strong average and he isn't as good of a bet for runs and RBI batting sixth as he was batting fourth or fifth, he's not the fantasy option he used to be.
Mar 14 - 4:49 PM

Mike Napoli (bimaxillary advancement) will hit in the batting cages on Friday.

Napoli underwent a bimaxillary advancement procedure over the offseason to address his sleep apnea and is finally ready to ramp up his hitting. The first baseman expects to be ready to go for Opening Day and should see his counting numbers return to their normal level after an injury-plagued 2014.
Feb 6 - 3:00 PM

Mike Napoli said Sunday that he has felt much more energized in his offseason workouts since undergoing surgery in November for sleep apnea.

It was a horribly painful procedure -- called a bimaxillary advancement -- that involved the restructuring of Napoli's jaw and lower face. He felt the surgery was necessary in order to continue his playing career and he's hoping it'll improve his on-field production in 2015. "I couldn't do it anymore," said Napoli, "feeling the way I was feeling. I was like, 'I need to have the surgery or I'm not going to play anymore.' That's how bad it was. I came in (and told the team), 'I need to have the surgery now.'"
Jan 26 - 9:44 AM

Mike Napoli underwent surgery Tuesday afternoon in Boston to help address his sleep apnea.

The procedure, called a bimaxillary advancement, involves moving the upper and lower jaw forward to improve the patient's breathing. Napoli will be released from Massachusetts General Hospital by the end of this week and is expected to be 100 percent healthy for the start of spring training next February. Better rest should yield better on-field results for the 33-year-old first baseman.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 05:22:00 PM

Mike Napoli will undergo bimaxillary advancement surgery on Tuesday.

The surgery, which consists of moving the upper jaw and the lower jaw forward, is aimed to relieve his lingering sleep apnea. Napoli also dealt with injuries to his finger, toe, and back this season, but he will not require surgery for any of them.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 11:42:00 AM

Mike Napoli will undergo surgery for a sleep disorder.

Napoli has been dealing with sleep apnea for his entire career and has tried various methods to treat it, but nothing has worked. The surgery, which is called maxillomandibular advancement, actually moves the upper jaw and the lower jaw forward. Napoli also dealt with injuries to his finger, toe, and back this season, but he will not require surgery for any of them.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 08:33:00 AM

Mike Napoli (finger, knee, toe) will not require surgery for any of his injuries.

Napoli was limited to just 11 games in September due to a long list of injuries, but some extended rest should get him on track for the 2015 season. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington mentioned that Napoli has also dealt with sleep apnea for some time and that they'll try to find a way to manage it during the offseason. The 32-year-old is under contract for $16 million in 2015.
Source: Boston Globe
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 09:27:00 AM

Mike Napoli (finger, toe, back) is not expected to play again this season.

Napoli has been bothered by a long list of injuries down the stretch, so the Red Sox are just going to shut him down. He'll finish the year with a .248/.370/.419 batting line to go along with 17 home runs and 55 RBI over 119 games. He's under contract for $16 million next year.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 04:23:00 PM

Mike Napoli (finger) remains absent from the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday versus the Rays.

Napoli hasn't played since last Wednesday due to lingering discomfort in his left right finger and might not make it back for Boston's final three games. Allen Craig is starting at first base Thursday night.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 03:03:00 PM

Mike Napoli (finger) is out of the Red Sox starting lineup again on Wednesday against the Rays.

Napoli has lingering discomfort in his left ring finger and is probably questionable for Boston's remaining games. Allen Craig is at first base Wednesday.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 04:04:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Ryan Hanigan
2Sandy Leon
3Christian Vazquez
1B1Mike Napoli
2Allen Craig
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
LF1Hanley Ramirez
2Daniel Nava
CF1Mookie Betts
RF1Shane Victorino
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rick Porcello
3Wade Miley
4Joe Kelly
5Justin Masterson
Relief Pitcher
R1Koji Uehara
2Edward Mujica
3Junichi Tazawa
4Craig Breslow
5Robbie Ross
6Anthony Varvaro
7Alexi Ogando
8Brandon Workman