Napoli out Saturday with foot injury

Napoli out Saturday with foot injury
August 17, 2013, 2:45 pm
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BOSTON — The Red Sox aren't just fighting for first place in the AL East. They're also fighting to stay healthy.

Mike Napoli will sit out Saturday's game against the Yankees with a foot ailment, according to manager John Farrell.

Originally, Shane Victorino was given the day off on Saturday after being taken out of Friday night's game in the 9th inning for precautionary reasons. But with Napoli not being able to go, Victorino is back in.

"He's back in the lineup right now," Farrell said of Victornio. "We made a lineup change. He's back in right field. Mike Carp will be at first base. Mike Napoli is dealing with a foot ailment that is going to require him to be off his feet here today."

The foot issue with Napoli may have been kept under wraps from a public standpoint, but Farrell acknowledged that it's no secret to the team.

"[It's] something he's been dealing with for quite some time and aggravated it last night on that double. So when he came in today he just felt like he needed a day down at a minimum. It's in that plantar fascia area, the left foot."

Napoli was examined by the training staff and will be further evaluated later Saturday. There's a chance he misses Sunday night's game against the Yankees as well.

"This has been something that has been a maintenance issue for him for a little bit of time here," Farrell said.

Napoli, who is hitting .246 with 15 HR and 69 RBI this year, has been in a slump as of late. He's hit just .156 with 1 home run and 18 strikeouts in August. Even so, Farrell doesn't think the foot has anything to do with it.

"I can't say that that has caused his swing to be less aggressive, or it's caused him to not hit from a more powerful base," Farrell said. "Like I said, it's been something that he's been dealing with but he has not expressed that as being a reason to why some of the streaks he's experienced."

As far as Victorino goes, Saturday was more of a day off - "Kind of keeping the pulse of how guys are feeling physically," said Farrell - before he was forced to play. The hamstring, though, is still an issue at the plate.

"Enough for him to hit from the right side of the plate against right-handed pitching as well," Farrell said. "And it's more, again, trying to create the power base that we talked about from a  hitter's standpoint. But as far as his range in the outfield or his ability to run the bases, that hasn't shown up in those areas."