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Mike Napoli eyeing weekend for Red Sox spring debut

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09:26 AM ET 02.25 | If Mike Napoli does his job, he won't have much need for running this season. "Hit it far," Napoli said jokingly yesterday, "and you can jog." Seeing as that even the game's greatest sluggers occasionally keep the ball in the park, Napoli will indeed have to run this year, which made yesterday an encouraging first step that the new Red Sox first baseman hopes leads to game action sometime in the next week. With the Sox playing across Florida in Jupiter against the St. Louis Cardinals, Napoli stayed behind at JetBlue Park to run the bases, sprinting no farther than second base as he continues to take things slowly while maintaining health in his bothersome right hip. The next step for the catcher-turned-first baseman will be sprinting from first to third. From there, he hopes to play a game by the weekend.

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February 25, 2013  09:34 AM ET

Forrest Gimp

February 25, 2013  09:51 AM ET

Amazing how they have this guy practicably in a wheel chair. He hasn't even begun to feel the symptoms of his condition. In fact he wouldn't even know he had a hip issue, if it wasn't for the MRI.

This should have little to no effect on this season. 2 or 3 years from now it could be an issue, but since he only has a 1 year deal I don't see a problem.

February 25, 2013  10:04 AM ET

Rut-Ruh!

February 25, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Forrest Gimp

"Life is like a box of baseballs"

February 25, 2013  10:29 AM ET

So he can run; can he get on base is the real question?

February 25, 2013  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

"Life is like a box of baseballs"

Some people like to see quality. This guy doesn't worry himself about that though

February 25, 2013  11:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Amazing how they have this guy practicably in a wheel chair. He hasn't even begun to feel the symptoms of his condition. In fact he wouldn't even know he had a hip issue, if it wasn't for the MRI.This should have little to no effect on this season. 2 or 3 years from now it could be an issue, but since he only has a 1 year deal I don't see a problem.

the napoli showcase,,,the red sox helped napoli,,then napoli should pay back to the red sox by helping them to acomplish the franchise goals/ as it is,,,the pennant/the playoffs/the world series
little salary??no problem,,napoli should prove to his new club that he is healthy enough,,,,,

February 25, 2013  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Some people like to see quality. This guy doesn't worry himself about that though

napoli needs t prove to the red sox and to any other club,,that he can handdle the pressure from any team,,,,,yankees/red sox/phillies/indians/dodgers/ throw any team at me,,,,,i fix them really quick!!!

February 25, 2013  11:23 AM ET

Mike napoli when healthy he should be able to thorn the american league,,,,just give him a little room in his baseball game time,he should be able to hit 30 homeruns and drive 100 R,B,I,S
its a matter of timming and adjustments,,,,,

February 25, 2013  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

So he can run; can he get on base is the real question?

as long he hit the ball hard and far away, he shouldn't have any problem at all!!!

February 25, 2013  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Mike napoli when healthy he should be able to thorn the american league,,,,just give him a little room in his baseball game time,he should be able to hit 30 homeruns and drive 100 R,B,I,Sits a matter of timming and adjustments,,,,,

I agree.

wait... what was that, Alacran?

February 25, 2013  11:37 AM ET
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I agree.wait... what was that, Alacran?

<hands dkredsox1 alacranese to English translator>

February 25, 2013  12:34 PM ET
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<hands dkredsox1 alacranese to English translator>

<nods a thank you to Prayin' Utleys, thumbs forward to 't' section>

February 25, 2013  02:23 PM ET

In the Mean Time he should open a Pizza Place in Boston, Just in case!!!

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