BOSTON -- Though Mike Napoli missed the final 10 games of the season with a barrage of nagging injuries, most notably a left ring finger that plagued him all year, the slugger doesn't believe he will need surgery this winter.
"No, they said with time it's going to get better," said Napoli. "With the rest, I'm going to do whatever I have to do. It's been swollen the whole time. It definitely doesn't feel good trying to grip a bat to do the things I have to do. With rest, they said it will get better."
Napoli dislocated his left ring finger on April 15 on a headfirst slide in Chicago and played through it for most of the season. But he never regained all of his power, hitting just 17 homers in 415 at-bats.
"It's been tough," Napoli said of his injury-plagued season. "I've never been through this before."
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