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Will Middlebrooks thinks Mike Napoli is going to be fine

Jan 27, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

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Mike Napoli was diagnosed with avascular necrosis in both hips during his pre-signing physical with the Red Sox, but he hasn’t experienced any problems related to the disease up to this point and received a rave review Saturday afternoon from new teammate and offseason workout partner Will Middlebrooks.

“Not at all,” the Red Sox third baseman told WEEI when asked if Napoli has shown any signs of being hindered by the condition. “It doesn’t hurt him, and he’ll tell you the same thing. It’s just one of those things that’s tough because he doesn’t have any of the symptoms, but it’s there. He’s awesome. He’s fun to be around. He’s been one of my main hitting partners during the past month. He’s going to be great for this clubhouse.”

Napoli was originally offered a three-year, $39 million free agent contract from the Red Sox front office, but that was later shifted to a one-year, $5 million deal. He will start at first base for Boston in 2013.

Doctors believe they caught Napoli’s AVN early enough to prevent it from causing long-term issues.

  1. pisano - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Oh that’s good news, by the way which medical school did Middlebrooks get his degree from.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Dr. Middlebrooks is self taught. He is an expert on his own injuries (plural); thus, he must be qualified to talk about Napoli’s problem.

    • bjoe23 - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:59 AM

      A better one than you. And what did you want him to say?

  2. beefytrout - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    How did he get diagnosed with the condition if he didn’t have any of the symptoms?

    • robmoore - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      To throw out just one example, no one knew RA Dickey was missing his UCL until after he was drafted…

    • Glenn - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      Usually pretty thorough physicals are given to guys before a team gives them millions. It is very curious how they came across it though. X-ray? MRI?

  3. theskinsman - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Exactly what I thought,Pisano. Hope he can stay healthy and produce. From everything I’ve read, he sounds like a positive guy to have around.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    I like Middlebrooks and he had a promising start to his career but…..first Lackey and now Napoli….when the hell did he become the go-to guy for conditioning and medical opinions?

    • tc4306 - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      The probably one of the few Red Sox who is not too stuck up to talk to the media.

      • tc4306 - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        That should read “He is probably one of the few Red Sox….media”

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