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Red Sox place Mike Napoli on DL with finger sprain

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Mike Napoli's injured finger has forced a roster move for Boston. (USATSI)
Mike Napoli's injured finger has forced a roster move for Boston. (USATSI)

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A sprained fourth finger on his left hand has landed Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli on the 15-day disabled list. The move was made Sunday and is retroactive to Saturday. To take Napoli's spot on the active roster, the Red Sox have recalled right-hander Brandon Workman.

This season, Napoli, who's in the first year of a two-year, $32-million contract extension, is batting .260/.390/.416, which is good for an OBP-heavy OPS+ of 123. Last season, Napoli put up an OPS+ of 127 for the Red Sox, and that's in addition to grading out as a substantial defensive asset at first base.

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