PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- First baseman Mike Napoli has had no issues whatsoever with his hips since he started playing in games on March 1. Manager John Farrell will play the slugger in back-to-back games for the first time on Monday and Tuesday.
Napoli has quickly become a favorite on the Red Sox.
"Napoli's been great," said Farrell. "What's been most impressive is how he's handled the findings of all he went through in the offseason and changed positions on a full-time basis. He's very consistent, very steady, a gamer, and he's got very good aptitude. The thing we're finding out first-hand is he's a very good athlete. I don't think we could have asked for anything more so far."
When the Red Sox made all their acquisitions this winter, there was a lot of talk about how players like Jonny Gomes, Ryan Dempster and Shane Victorino could positively influence the clubhouse. Perhaps not enough was made of the addition of Napoli.
"There's a lot to be said for the people we have in our clubhouse," Farrell said. "Guys want to be here. They like being around one another. They work well together, as far as we've seen so far. That side of it has been outstanding."