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Red Sox | Mike Napoli says he'll be healthy

Boston Red Sox C/1B Mike Napoli (hips) said his condition of AVN, or avascular necrosis, was discovered during his physical, but he sees no reason why he won't be healthy this season. "But we think we've got it figured out. We saw a bunch of doctors, got a bunch of opinions, and went from there. I got on medication. There's no reason I shouldn't be healthy and ready to go for Opening Day," Napoli said. His agent, Brian Grieper, said Napoli has had no limitations in his offseason workouts. Avascular necrosis can be treated through medication, rest and exercise if caught early, but later stages of the disease could require surgery. "We don't have a lot of concern about 2013," manager Ben Cherington said. "There's no reason that Mike Napoli won't be our primary first baseman in 2013. There's no reason that won't happen starting Opening Day. It's very important to note that, although this condition is less common in baseball players that some other issues, from all the information that's been gathered, this has been caught very early."

2013-01-22 16:30:53 | Source: ESPNBoston.com - Gordon Edes

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