Napoli should return for Detroit finale on June 8

Napoli should return for Detroit finale on June 8

BOSTON -- The Red Sox should have slugger Mike Napoli's bat back in one week.

Manager John Farrell said that Napoli should be activated from the disabled list the first day he is eligible, on June 8 at Detroit.

Though Napoli is sidelined with a sprained left ring finger -- an injury he originally suffered in Chicago on April 15 -- he was dealing with a variety of maladies before finally being placed on the disabled list on May 25.

"It wasn't just the finger," said Napoli. "I was dealing with a lot of stuff. It was probably was the best thing for me. I was going to keep on trying to grind it out, grind it out, but this is probably the best time for me just to get everything fixed, get better so I'm playing somewhat healthy. I think it was just time to do it."

The decision was easier for Napoli to accept with the Red Sox going on a tear with him out of the lineup. The club had a six-game winning streak entering Sunday.

"Seeing them playing like this and winning definitely helps," said Napoli. "I'm concentrating on getting better and coming back and trying to help us."

What was bothering Napoli aside from his finger?

"Toe issue, calf, hammies," Napoli said. "My whole body was beat up. I'm feeling great now. I'm just getting treatment."

And the finger?

"It's getting better. The swelling is starting to go down," Napoli said. "I can actually fit my finger in my batting glove now. I don't have to cut it off."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.