Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/25/13
Turns out, Bo knows all about Mike Napoli's hip problem. A physical exam administered by the Boston Red Sox in December showed that Napoli is afflicted by "avascular necrosis," the slugger revealed Jan. 22 after finalizing a greatly reduced contract to be the team's primary first baseman. The medical condition, which can lead to bone death and degeneration, exists in both of Napoli's hips, according to agent Brian Grieper, and was the reason the Red Sox insisted on renegotiating the three-year, $39 million contract that was agreed upon Dec. 3 into an incentive-laden, one-year deal worth only $5 million guaranteed. AVN led to Bo Jackson's retirement from baseball and football, and NHL goalie Ray Emery continued playing only after undergoing a complicated bone graft. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington noted the situation isn't nearly as far along for Napoli as it was for Jackson, with Grieper suggesting Napoli's case of AVN was caught early. Cherington said the Red Sox are con...
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