Napoli sits as Pedroia returns to Red Sox lineup
CHICAGO – While Dustin Pedroia returned to Boston’s starting lineup last night, Mike Napoli dropped out.
The first baseman didn’t start against the Chicago White Sox because of a dislocated ring finger on his left hand.
Napoli was injured during a headfirst slide on Tuesday.
“I’m definitely tender, which was probably expected with what I did to it,” he said. “I’m doing treatment, trying to get that swelling out of there. It’s feeling better and better as I go. I’m going to do as much treatment on it as possible.”
Napoli wasn’t sure when he would be able to return, saying he would see how he feels each day.
“Maybe I can have some late-inning defense or something,” he said. “It’s sore, but once I get that swelling kind of drained out, it will be better.”
Pedroia missed two starts at second base because of inflammation of the left wrist and had a cortisone shot. He was a pinch runner Tuesday.