Mike Napoli

Mike Napoli undergoes sleep apnea surgery

November 04, 2014 - 12:43 pm

The Red Sox announced that first baseman Mike Napoli underwent successfully surgery to address his sleep apnea on Tuesday morning. The procedure was performed at Mass. General Hospital by Dr. Leonard Kapan, chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Napoli will stay in the hospital in the immediate aftermath of the procedure but is expected to be released later this week. '€œI'€™ve been dealing with sleep apnea for a long time, my whole career,'€ Napoli wrote in a text to WEEI.com last month. '€œI'€™ve tried numerous things and none of them worked. Dental mouth piece, CPAP machine, medicines '€¦ It'€™s just gotten to the point where I have to get this done.'€ Napoli, who turned 33 last week, hit .248 with a .370 OBP, .419 slugging mark and 17 homers in 119 games in 2014, the first of a two-year, $32 million contract he signed with the Sox as a free agent after the 2013 campaign.