Napoli, Papi slowed down by nagging injuries

Napoli, Papi slowed down by nagging injuries

KANSAS CITY -- Two of Boston's most lethal bats, Mike Napoli and David Ortiz, were not in Friday night's lineup against the Royals due to minor, nagging injuries.

Napoli (finger, toe) missed the second of a four-game series at Kauffman Stadium, while Ortiz rested his ailing right foot.

Both played in the Red Sox's 4-3 win over the Royals on Thursday. Ortiz delivered an RBI single that later proved to be the decisive run, however, he appeared visibly hampered.

"That soreness of the foot, certainly comes and goes and he felt it last night," manager John Farrell said. "You saw that he's not able to run full speed at times."

Napoli dislocated the ring finger on his left hand in late April, and a toe issue has bothered him of late.

"We're nursing him through some things he's been battling all year," Farrell said.

Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.