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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.

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