Latest Update Mike Napoli had surgery at MGH to correct his sleep apnea. Tue Nov, 04, 05:14 PM
Swings a big power bat and can also hit for a good average when he's seeing the ball well. Has some natural leadership qualities due to his catching resume earlier in his career.
Flaws: : Wasn't a very good defensive catcher, which led to a switch to first base. As a hitter, he strikes out way too much. Doesn't run well at all, which is hardly surprising.
Since when is a guy getting sleep apnea surgery considered actual news? Analyst: Mark Kaplan
Basically, the procedure moves both the upper and lower jaw forward to help enlarge the airway, thus making it easier for those with apnea to breathe while they're asleep. It takes about a month to recover from the procedure, so this won't affect Napoli's work on the field at all.Analyst: Howard Bender
Napoli played just 119 games due to various injuries this season and finished hitting .248 with 49 runs, 17 home runs and 55 RBI.Analyst: Jonathan Impemba
Napoli has been bothered by numerous injuries throughout the season and this one put him on the shelf for good. With just three games remaining, it makes sense for the Red Sox to shut him down in hope that he returns healthy next year.Analyst: David Kerr