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Mike Napoli | First Baseman

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/31/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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.
Source: WEEI.com
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

Mike Napoli is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Rays.

Napoli continues to receive regular days off as he battles through a finger injury. Daniel Nava is starting at first base versus Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 03:57:00 PM

Mike Napoli is not in the Red Sox lineup on Saturday.

Napoli has received very regular rest down the stretch as he has battled illness as well as discomfort in his left ring finger. Allen Craig will get the call at first base in his place and will hit fourth against Chris Tillman and the Orioles.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 03:02:00 PM

Mike Napoli was out of the lineup for the fourth time in the last eight games on Sunday.

Napoli has been sick and is also battling lingering discomfort in his left ring finger. "We're trying to manage the things that he’s been dealing with," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday. The first baseman will likely start Tuesday's series-opener in Pittsburgh after Monday's scheduled team off day.
Source: Boston Globe
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 09:12:00 AM

Mike Napoli is not in the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.

Napoli returned to action Tuesday after missing the last couple games with an illness. It's not clear whether he's feeling under the weather again or if it's just a day off. Brock Holt (illness) and Will Middlebrooks (illness) are also sitting out due to the bug that's going around the Red Sox' clubhouse.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 10:12:00 AM

Mike Napoli (illness) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup on Monday night against the Orioles.

Napoli sat out Sunday after leaving Saturday's game with a stomach bug. It was never a major concern. He is batting fifth and starting at first base Monday.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 03:12:00 PM

Mike Napoli (illness) is not in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

Napoli exited Saturday's game after an illness brought about some dizziness. He should be fine in a day or two. Allen Craig is at first base Sunday.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 10:17:00 AM

Mike Napoli made an early exit from Saturday's game versus the Blue Jays due to illness.

Napoli was 1-for-1 with a run scored prior to leaving the game. Daniel Nava took his place. Napoli will probably sit out of Sunday's series finale against Toronto.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 09:42:00 PM