Napoli back in Red Sox lineup after missing game

The Associated PressApril 18, 2014
Napoli back in Red Sox lineup after missing game
Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli, left, walks off the field with trainer Rick Jameyson after badly bending his left ring finger into the bag while advancing on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Chicago. The White Sox won 2-1. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) -- First basemen Mike Napoli was back in Boston's starting lineup on Thursday night, two days after dislocating a finger on his left hand.

Napoli hurt his ring finger on a headfirst slide into second base in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox. He sat out Wednesday's game.

''Mike's relatively fine,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''The swelling continues to go down. The discomfort that was there yesterday has lessened today, and there will probably be some taping just to support it further.''

Napoli entered Thursday with a .302 batting average and three homers in 13 games.