Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:10:16 -0700
Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli will be the starting first baseman against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, April 8.
Fantasy Tip: Napoli ($4,300, 8.6% of cap) saw a small drop in his stats in 2014 and will look to improve his play this season. Napoli could be a starting option for owners on FantasyScore since he will be batting in the middle of the batting order.
Fri, 03 Apr 2015 17:18:57 -0700
Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli said the surgery he had on his right big toe in the offseason has allowed him to take a firmer step toward the ball at the plate.
Fantasy Tip: Napoli ($4,300, 8.6% of cap) hit his sixth spring homer Friday night, and he looks prime for a big season as a value pick in fantasy drafts this year. His matchup opening day against Cole Hamels and the Phillies is a tough one, but he has hit lefties significantly better in his career (.279) than righties (.249).
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:31:23 -0700
Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli (ankle) took batting practice and pre-game workouts Monday, March 23, and he is expected to resume game action by the end of the week, according to manager John Farrell.
Fantasy Tip: Napoli's injury concerns at age 33 are definitely concerning, which is why he's probably nothing more than a late-round selection in mixed leagues. However, it's hard to find his kind of power that late, and he's also hitting in one of the league's better lineups.
Sun, 15 Mar 2015 05:24:06 -0700
Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli hit two solo home runs Saturday, March 14, against Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole.
Fantasy Tip: Napoli had offseason surgery to correct a severe case of sleep apnea, and he reported to spring training with more energy. 2014 was the first season he failed to top 20 home runs in six years, and a bounce-back campaign could be in store. Napoli could be a sneaky power source in the middle rounds of drafts this spring. Batting in the middle of a potent lineup will help produce a spike across all his counting stats, too.
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:55:14 -0800
Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli says he has more energy this spring after having surgery in the offseason to correct a severe case of sleep apnea. He isn't feeling sluggish anymore after his condition and nagging injuries left him hitting .248 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI in 2014. "It's been night and day," Napoli said. "Just my energy level. When I wake up and when I get out of bed and get my day started. Before I'd lay in bed until like one o'clock. It's totally different."
Fantasy Tip: Napoli's renewed energy levels and strength could go a long way in helping restore the power he lost last season. Consider him a deep sleeper at the first base position and keep tabs on him during spring contests.
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:53:48 -0800
Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli (jaw) has already been seen working hard on his endurance, strength and agility at the team's spring complex as he recovers from reconstructive jaw surgery to correct sleep apnea.
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 11:26:46 -0800
Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli (jaw, toe, finger) hit in the cages Friday, Feb. 6, and he's confident that he'll be ready for the start of the season.
Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:49:34 -0800
In a radio interview with WEEI, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said he is leaning towards having OF Hanley Ramirez bat cleanup behind DH David Ortiz, with 3B Pablo Sandoval batting fifth and 1B Mike Napoli batting sixth. "The one thing that clearly stands out is we have balance left- and right-handed," Farrell said. "I have always liked David in the No. 3 hole. You know he is going to come up in the first inning. I think Hanley gives David some protection behind him. Then you start to create some protection, and we want to keep Sandoval on the left side of the plate as much as possible - so if you sandwich him in between Ramirez and Napoli, you start to have a formidable middle of the order where you're going left-right-left-right all the way through there."
Tue, 04 Nov 2014 14:20:20 -0800
Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli underwent successful surgery to address his sleep apnea Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:59:25 -0700
Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli (jaw) will undergo Bimaxillary Advancement surgery on his jaw to alleviate sleep apnea Nov. 4.