Mike Napoli Dislocates Finger

Mike Napoli Dislocates FingerRed Sox first baseman Mike Napoli suffered a dislocated left ring finger during Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Napoli drew a one-out walk in the ninth and sustained the injury advancing to second base following a wild pitch.

X-rays came back negative and the dislocation was reset by a White Sox team doctor following the game.

The injury to Napoli does not appear to be serious, but may hinder the slugger over the short-term as he’s likely to battle a fair amount soreness during the healing process.

Mike Carp subbed for Napoli in the bottom of the ninth and failed to corral an errant throw by shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Carp’s inability to handle the throw allowed the winning run to score and allowed fans an opportunity to question whether or not the outcome of the game would have been different if Napoli had not been forced to leave the game due to injury.

The Red Sox offense has been struggling and cannot afford to be without Napoli for an extended period of time. Napoli has been one of the lone bright spots of the offense and currently leads the team in hits, home runs and RBI.

On the season, Napoli is batting .302 with three home runs and nine RBI over 53 at-bats.

An immediate timetable, for Napoli’s return, has not been established. Expect Mike Carp and Daniel Nava to be used at first if/when Napoli is not in the lineup.