On Friday Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli underwent an MRI
on his ailing hip to see if the vascular necrosis (AVN) had worsened since the original
diagnosis. All of Red Sox Nation, the organization and Napoli himself awaited
the results - hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.
It was confirmed this weekend that Napoli’s hip was stable
and the AVN hasn’t worsened. This came as encouraging news for the
aforementioned parties because now Napoli is cleared to begin position drills
at first base while increasing his work load during spring training.
The Sox will keep a close eye on their newly signed first
baseman in order to keep his condition under control. They might limit Napoli
during spring training just as a precaution moving forward. The Red Sox plan to
use Napoli at first, but also as a power hitter in the starting lineup. Although
they haven’t officially decided where Napoli will be placed within the batting
order I’m willing to bet it’s somewhere between thr...