Originally written January 30, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters, including Alex Speier of WEEI.com, that the team could add a player or two before the start of camp to improve its depth at first base. "The one area that we probably need to get a feel for is at first base," said manager John Farrell. "We fully expect Napoli to be ready to go, but if a need were to arise at that position, I think we'll probably have some additions before camp opens up in that area, so that there will be protection provided at first base." At this point, the Red Sox are set to enter the 2013 season with offseason acquisition Mike Napoli as their regular at first base. Because he’s spent a majority of his career behind the plate and as a designated hitter, questions remain regarding his ability to register a full season at first. Beyond Napoli, the Red Sox currently have a few unproven players set to back him up, including Mauro Gomez, Mark Hamilton and Daniel Nava. If they elect to take to the free agent market for more depth, the options would include Casey Kotchman, Aubrey Huff, Carlos Lee and Lyle Overbay. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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