BOSTON -- As the Red Sox opened a four-game series against the Blue Jays Thursday, Mike Napoli was given a day off in favor of Mike Carp at first base.
Manager John Farrell said the move was just due to matchups, but there's no denying Napoli has seen a steep drop in his power numbers in June.
It's been 26 days and 64 at-bats since Napoli has hit a home run. Of his 31 extra-base hits this season, only two have come this month. Since June 1, Napoli has actually raised his average to .264 from .252, but Farrell said he has noticed a slight change in the first baseman's swing.
"I think at times you know the swing will get a little bit long at times, but that's no different than anybody else that's playing every single day," Farrell said. "If we can balance a day of rest in between to keep him fresh, that's in addition to a matchup that's kind of what we're looking to do."
Overall, Napoli is batting .264 with nine home runs and 53 RBIs.
Michael Periatt is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less