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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

WEEI.com: Speier: Offseason Odyssey of Mike Napoli Comes to an End as Red Sox Deal Becomes Official

An update on why the negotiations between the Red Sox and their new Tower of Power took so long.

When Napoli arrived in Boston for a physical on Dec. 10, he expected the procedure to be routine. Certainly, he had no way of knowing that an MRI on his hips — regions that had never hindered him, and that had come up clean as recently as his physical with the Rangers last March — would lead to a renegotiation, a host of medical consultations and the ultimate revelation that he has avascular necrosis (AVN) in both hips, a degenerative condition in which a lack of blood flow to the region creates the potential for arthritis or even the destruction of the hip joint.

“I didn’t know I had it. It was definitely a shock to me,” said Napoli. “I’m able to put things behind me, and there’s nothing I can really do about that. I put it behind me, and I’m going to do whatever I can to keep myself healthy and move forward. I’m just going to have to deal with it and put it behind me and try to do the best I can to keep myself on the field and help us win in any way.”

[...]

Still, Napoli and his agent, Brian Grieper, suggested that at this stage of the condition, it should not be an impediment to his ability to stay on the field. Given that an MRI of the hips 10 months ago did not reveal evidence of AVN, that the catcher was asymptomatic during the season and even the offseason (he has been unhindered in his offseason workouts) and that Napoli is now being treated by Dr. Joseph Lane of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York (and receiving medication intended to slow the progress of the condition), both had an optimistic outlook while discussing the now-official one-year, $5 million deal with the Red Sox that includes incentives that could increase Napoli’s earnings to $13 million in 2013.

Mattbert Posted: January 23, 2013 at 02:47 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: contracts, free agents, injuries, red sox

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: January 23, 2013 at 03:20 PM (#4353486)
receiving medication intended to slow the progress of the condition

roids
   2. Jack Keefe Posted: January 23, 2013 at 03:42 PM (#4353506)
Hey Al it says here Napolly has taken a PEZ for a lack of blood flow to his Groyne. They have drugs for that now Al but you have to hold hans with some Dame in a Bath Tub while you take them. Can these guys not just watch a forren movie or maybe read 500 Sheets of Greay.
   3. Mattbert Posted: January 23, 2013 at 03:43 PM (#4353507)
What the heck is up with the formatting on these news submissions? Yeargh.
   4. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 23, 2013 at 03:54 PM (#4353517)
I've never run into a problem when submitting but it seems many people have. Harveys hates the system with a spectacular passion* so there must be something confusing.

* - For some reason I initially spelled "passion" P-A-S-H-I-O-N. This is not a good sign.
   5. Mirabelli Dictu (Chris McClinch) Posted: January 23, 2013 at 03:56 PM (#4353520)
receiving medication intended to slow the progress of the condition

roids


Possibly, but it would be the type that make you smaller and fatter.
   6. Mattbert Posted: January 23, 2013 at 04:00 PM (#4353521)
I've never run into a problem when submitting but it seems many people have.

I can never get URLs to work in the submission box (as should be made clear from this one). It was easier when we had the little tag buttons for bold, italics, quote, url, etc. right above the box there as we do for the comment box on posted articles. I don't know if The Jim removed those to discourage people from quoting large portions of the linked article or what.
   7. Dale Sams Posted: January 23, 2013 at 04:03 PM (#4353524)
Wait. Wait..wait. They now do MRI's on hips as part of a standard physical, but only begrudgingly did an MRI on Ellsbury ribs after the "Suckitupyoucryingbitch therapy" didn't take? Getting rid of that Dr. Spaceman guy was the best thing the Sox ever did.
   8. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 23, 2013 at 04:50 PM (#4353571)
It was easier when we had the little tag buttons for bold, italics, quote, url, etc. right above the box there as we do for the comment box on posted articles.


Yeah, I'm not sure why that stuff went away. That was nice.
   9. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: January 23, 2013 at 06:00 PM (#4353667)
Can't you see Napoli is still a young man. Time will tell if he can recapture the magic from back in the day of 2011 or if he's just a flash in the pan. On the serious side, I just hope this deal isn't a ball and chain for the Sox, but I think the clean slate will be good for him and he will be a credit to the Sox lineup. Believe it.
   10. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 23, 2013 at 06:13 PM (#4353675)
It's impossible for this deal to be a ball and chain. If he flops, it's 5 mil and one year down the drain. It sucks but it's hardly catastrophic the way a long term deal could be.
   11. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: January 23, 2013 at 06:31 PM (#4353681)
#10

totally agree. I'm not confident the Sox will do anything other then touch .500 this year anyway. So if he holds up and does well, you actually make an attempt to sign him for another year or two, and if the hips go bad, it's only 5 mil and the team will still be the poster child for mediocrity.

   12. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: January 23, 2013 at 06:33 PM (#4353683)
Getting rid of that Dr. Spaceman guy was the best thing the Sox ever did.

I believe you mean Surgeon General Spaceman.
   13. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: January 23, 2013 at 06:37 PM (#4353688)
* - For some reason I initially spelled "passion" P-A-S-H-I-O-N. This is not a good sign.

That's Keefe's territory.
   14. Darren Posted: January 23, 2013 at 07:00 PM (#4353707)

What the heck is up with the formatting on these news submissions? Yeargh.


I blame him too.
   15. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: January 23, 2013 at 07:14 PM (#4353718)
They now do MRI's on hips as part of a standard physical, but only begrudgingly did an MRI on Ellsbury ribs after the "Suckitupyoucryingbitch therapy" didn't take?
The Ellsbury ####### were in 2010. After that season they removed the medical director but retained their affiliation with Mass Gen (where the former medical director is still head of ortho and involved with the Sox) under slightly different leadership. This offseason they've overhauled the training staff, but as far as I know they haven't made any significant changes to their medical team.
   16. Jim Furtado Posted: January 23, 2013 at 10:05 PM (#4353781)
The same formatting buttons that you see for comments should be available when you make submissions. Although I thought I had fixed the bug related to Expression Engine changing the code for making standalone submissions, the problem has reappeared.

I will start working on a permanent fix. Sorry about the problem.
   17. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 23, 2013 at 11:21 PM (#4353802)
EDIT : Never mind.
   18. Mattbert Posted: January 23, 2013 at 11:29 PM (#4353805)
Hey, cool. Thanks, Jim!
   19. Walt Davis Posted: January 24, 2013 at 04:46 AM (#4353855)
Getting rid of that Dr. Spaceman guy

Bill Lee was the Red Sox doctor? That explains a lot.
   20. squatto Posted: January 24, 2013 at 12:54 PM (#4354065)
Bill Lee was the Red Sox doctor? That explains a lot.


Have some pancakes. #######!
   21. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: January 24, 2013 at 01:07 PM (#4354076)
Oh sure, blame me.
   22. Ron J2 Posted: January 24, 2013 at 01:15 PM (#4354079)
#21 Already handled. See #3 and #14.

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