Mike Napoli suffered a horrific dislocated finger whilst diving for a stolen base in the ninth inning as his Boston Red Sox lost 2-1 to Chicago White Sox last night.
Fortunately for Napoli X-rays showed he avoided any fracture to his left ring finger and the digit was put back in place last night. The injury is not thought to be serious and their first baseman will return in a few days.
The incident occurred when the first baseman attempted to steal second base at the top of the ninth with two outs and the game tied at 1-1. Napoli charged headfirst and got to second safely as the throw was poor.
But the Red Sox player’s finger got caught on the mound and dislocated.
The 2013 World Series Champions lost their star man to the injury as he was helped into the Red Sox clubhouse by medical staff.
Napoli was worried he had done more damage to himself at the time.
He explained: “I saw my finger sideways. The first thing I thought was I didn’t really know what to think. But I have seen people with dislocated fingers before. They pop it back it and it will be sore.”
Napoli, who was signed from the Texas Rangers in 2013, is expected to miss a couple of days but should be able to return to action for his sides’ four game series against Baltimore Orioles over the Easter weekend.
The Red Sox have already been threatened with injuries this season with Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks already on the disabled list. Dustin Pedroia and Koji Uehara also ducked injuries recently but are expected to return to playing in the next few weeks.
Uehara’s injury is believed to be more mental than physical after an old shoulder flared up before Friday’s game against the Yankees. Similarly Pedroia is only suffering with an inflammation in his left wrist rather than a fracture which was feared.
Boston fell to their ninth loss of the season after Alexei Ramirez scored a last innings walk-off to secure the White Sox's 2-1 victory. A throwing error by Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts allowed Ramirez to sneak home and give them a 1-0 lead in the three game series.
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