Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Mike Napoli performed like a man who was 100 percent Saturday. In reality, he was not. Napoli collected three hits as the Red Sox took down the Dodgers 4-2 in his first start since Aug. 16. The sporadic playing time has been in large part because of Boston’s interleague road slate, but the slugger has also been dealing with plantar fasciitis. Napoli made it clear that his foot ailment isn’t to blame for his recent offensive struggles. The injury certainly doesn’t tickle, though, and Napoli recently received a cortisone shot in his left foot. “I got to play a couple of innings, here and there, in the past week and it’s felt alright,” Napoli told reporters in Los Angeles on Saturday. “The reason I got the injection is I was at a point where it was bothering me pretty good. I’ll go in for treatment every day like I’ve been and try to take care of it the best that I can. “It’s feeling better. I get my ankle taped a certain way and do my treatment. I’ll just have to grind through it and play through some pain, which I’ve been doing.” Napoli is hitting just .192 (10-for-52) with one home run, six RBIs and a .611 OPS in August. He has struck out 20 times in 16 games this month, and his struggles even caused manager John Farrell to drop Napoli down in the order. The Red Sox skipper thinks that the recent rest could be a good thing. “To come back and have three hits … it’s been quite awhile since he had three hits in a game. I think the rest has done him well, obviously makes the foot feel better, but I think just overall to get his legs back underneath him,” Farrell said after Saturday’s win. “Whether we have to space out some rest periodically more regularly for him, we’ll look to do that, but [there's] one thing we’ve noticed. When he does have rest, he’s come back and swung the bat very well. The swing hasn’t gotten as loose, so to speak, and gotten more compact.” Napoli will see more at-bats after the Red Sox finish their interleague swing out west. But he’ll likely do so with lingering discomfort, which the first baseman said is its worst when he’s running the bases and comes and goes when he’s playing the field. “Everyone’s different,” said Napoli, who is aware the such an ailment ended Albert Pujols‘ season. “Everyone handles things differently. I don’t know what was going on with his situation. Only time will tell. We’ll see what happens. I’m going to try to stay on the field and deal with it as much as possible.” Farrell said that he still plans to use Mike Carp and Daniel Nava at first base in certain situations down the stretch. Have a question for Ricky Doyle? Send it to him via Twitter at @TheRickyDoyle or send it here. Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Mike Napoli, Ricky Doyle, Top Stories
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Panthers coach replaces break-in victims’ Christmas presents

Cardinals Bruce Arians benches Logan Thomas on Christmas Day

Richard Sherman: Marshawn Lynch having MVP season

Curt Schilling tweeted advice to Johnny Manziel

Aaron Rodgers buys TVs for Packers teammates

Harbaugh smiled when asked about Michigan's bday tweet

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jackie Robinson West Little League accused of cheating

Police: Fire that burned down McClain's home 'suspicious'

Furniture store will refund purchases if OSU wins title

What each NFC team in the hunt should ask for from Santa

Is SI ashamed to mention Jameis Winston on its cover?

Kobe Bryant disappointed Lakers didn't get Rajon Rondo

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Is the NFL playoff system heading south?

WATCH: Quincy Acy ejected for throwing punch at John Wall

Billy Beane did not want to trade Josh Donaldson

Peyton Manning plans to be back with Broncos next year

WATCH: Blazers announcer botches Damian Lillard call

WATCH: P.K. Subban disguises himself, surprises kids for Xmas

Baseball cards: a fan's love for the ultimate stocking stuffer

Packers game is a career defining moment for Stafford

A look inside Jason Grilli's contract with the Braves

10 Week 17 NFL matchups that will impact the playoffs

WATCH: Bahamas Bowl ends on insane Hail Mary play

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Dan Le Batard sums up Miami's relationship with LeBron

Is the NFL playoff system heading south?

WATCH: Announcer botches call

Police: McClain fire 'suspicious'

10 Week 17 NFL matchups that will impact the playoffs

Bahamas Bowl ends on crazy Hail Mary

49ers OT Davis takes shot at coordinator

Will FIFA ever care to change?

Top storyline for each Week 17 game

40 great Christmas-related sports names

Nick Mangold and dealing with feelings as a sports fan

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.