With David Ortiz’s immediate future of playing soon being the center of Boston’s media attention, last night’s game between the Boston Red Sox and the Miami Marlins could have seen another player sustain an injury.
Mike Napoli was hit on his left wrist from Miami pitcher Kevin Slowey in the third inning. After a few scary moments, Napoli was back in action and was able to stay in the game. The media made a beeline for Napoli after the game to see the full extent of his pain on his left wrist.
Napoli told WEEI’s reporter Rob Bradford “any time you hit around your hand area, it doesn’t take much for something to go wrong. At first it was a little numb and then I kind of got feeling back into it.”
Boston fans have to be relieved that Napoli escaped the hit-by-pitch, since it could have been a lot worse.
Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester could be the Opening Day starter with the way he continues to pitch in Spring Training. Yesterday against the Marlins, Lester pitched five innings while giving up only one run off of three hits. He did not give up any walks, and struck out four batters.
Even with his success this preseason, Lester feels there is bit more he needs to work on before the regular season starts. He feels his consistency is getting to where he wants it to be, and will concentrate on the types of pitches he feels will give him the most success.
Jackie Bradley Jr. has been one of the biggest stars for Boston in Spring Training. He had a home run and an RBI double going 3-4 on the day. His spring batting average is an astonishing .519, and Bradley Jr. could see some considerable playing time depending on how long Ortiz is out with his injury.