Mike Napoli continues to deal with plantar fasciitis

Rob Bradford
August 24, 2013 - 7:34 pm

Making his first start since Aug. 16, Mike Napoli offered some evidence his foot problem might be manageable. The first baseman, who has been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot (which recently received a cortisone shot for), reentered the Red Sox' starting lineup and came away with his first three-hit game since June 1. '€œTo come back and have three hits ... it'€™s been quite awhile since he had three hits in a game. I think the rest has done him well, obviously makes the foot feel better, but I think just overall to get his legs back underneath him," Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters after his team's 4-2 over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. "Whether we have to space out some rest periodically more regularly for him, we'€™ll look to do that but one thing we'€™ve noticed. When he does have rest, he'€™s come back and swung the bat very well. The swing hasn'€™t gotten as loose, so to speak, and gotten more compact." Prior to the game Napoli spoke to reporters regarding what he has been dealing with regarding the injury. He made it clear his offensive struggles (hitting .192 with a .611 OPS and one home run this month) had nothing to do with the ailment. "It'€™s mostly running. I don'€™t feel it one bit hitting," he said. "That has nothing to do with anything. Running is definitely the worst part of it. Sometimes in the field, going to first base." The combination of Daniel Nava (who is hitting .433 in games playing first base) and Mike Carp will likely offer Napoli continued days off while he continues to deal with the injury. "Since he aggravated it the last time, most recently, the downtime as we've gone through this part of the schedule has been helpful for him," Farrell said. "We're still going to need to pick spots, whether it's Carp at first base, whether it might be Nava against some righthanders. We'll look at that as we get through it." "Some players that dealt with it. they basically said, it stinks, it definitely doesn'€™t feel good, which I already know," Napoli said. "They said, once you pop it, it feels better. But I'€™ve just got to deal with it right now."