Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Napoli leaves game with injured finger
By Gordon Edes
CHICAGO -- Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was removed from Tuesday's game in the top of the ninth inning after he injured his left hand sliding into second base on a wild pitch.
After the game, the team said Napoli suffered a dislocated finger and that X-rays were negative.
Napoli remained prone until trainer Rick Jameyson and manager John Farrell came out to attend to him. Replays showed his left ring finger bent at an unnatural angle.
Napoli had walked with one out and was advancing to second on a wild pitch uncorked by reliever Donnie Veal.
Last April, Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia tore a ligament in his left thumb sliding headfirst into first base.
Two Red Sox regulars -- outfielder Shane Victorino and third baseman Will Middlebrooks -- are already on the disabled list, while Pedroia had missed Sunday’s game with inflammation in his left wrist and did not start Tuesday. He entered the game as a pinch runner for Napoli.