FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mike Napoli started easing into his new job as Boston's starting first baseman by doing defensive drills for the first time during camp. The right-handed hitter had to wait a little bit to make sure his most recent MRI on his hips came back clean.
"He took ground balls after BP today, so we'll gradually build that up," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "Fifty ground balls at first today."
While Napoli's primary position has been as a catcher during his career, Farrell has already seen enough to think it will be a relatively seamless transition to first.
"He's got very soft hands," Farrell said. "Even when you watch him take BP, his movements are smooth. We're confident that he's going to be a very good first baseman."