Red Sox Injury News: Mike Napoli, David Ortiz

The Boston Red Sox are looking for a bounce-back year in 2013.  For that to happen, their stars will need to be happy.  The team gave David Ortiz a two-year deal this offseason despite his achilles problems, and they gave Mike Napoli a one-year deal despite his hip concerns.  Both players have arrived in camp, and both are looking healthy.

According to Alex Speier of WEEI.com, the Red Sox conducted another MRI on Mike Napoli prior to his arrival in camp.  The MRI revealed no further degeneration in his hip since the avascular necrosis was discovered.  This is good news for both Napoli and the Red Sox.  The disease does not have to continue to eat away at the hip joint, but doctors will have to keep a close eye on things.


Napoli was originally offered a three-year deal, but a routine physical revealed the hip condition.  After weeks of negotiations, Napoli and the Red Sox settled on a one-year deal.  Napoli will have to prove himself healthy throughout the season.

Speier also had an update on David Ortiz.  Ortiz has been in camp for a couple days already.  He has been taking swings in the batting cages and taking some ground balls at first base.  He has looked agile and unaffected by the achilles injury he suffered last season.

Ortiz was on pace to have an incredible season last year before he suffered a strained achilles.  The injury kept Ortiz out of the oct of the second half of the season, but the Red Sox were confident enough in his health to re-sign him this offseason.


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