Mike Napoli injury: Red Sox 1B suffering from dizziness, sent back to Boston

J. Meric

Napoli has been out since Thursday after a ground ball bounced up and hit him in the face.

Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, who left Thursday's game after he was struck in the face by a ground ball that bounced up, was sent back to Boston on Saturday to be examined by the team's medical staff as he continues to suffer from nausea and dizziness.

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Despite the symptoms, Red Sox manager John Farrell told Comcast SportsNet New England that the team isn't concerned that Napoli is suffering from a concussion:

"Because of what he's experiencing,'' said Farrell, "and all the conversations that have gone on with our own doctors, including Dr. Collins, there's a pretty high level of confidence that he's not dealing with anything concussion-related.''

Instead Farrell believes that Napoli may be suffering from a virus that recently went through the team's clubhouse. In his first season with the Red Sox, Napoli has recorded a .262 batting average with 49 runs batted in.

On Saturday, Mike Carp started in the place of Napoli for a second consecutive game with Daniel Nava and Will Middlebrooks as potential replacements as well if Napoli is unprepared to return.

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