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Red Sox place Mike Napoli on DL with finger injury

Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli has a .390 on-base percentage and 31 walks.  (AP Photo/Steve Nesius) Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has a .390 on-base percentage this season. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

The Boston Red Sox placed first baseman Mike Napoli on the 15-day disabled list because of an injury to a finger on his left hand, the team announced.

Napoli has been dealing with myriad injuries and is still recovering from a dislocated ring finger suffered last month when he slid into second base head first. He also missed two games last week because of the flu.

Designated hitter David Ortiz will take Napoli's spot at first base when the team travels to Atlanta for a two-game set.

"Mike was still a few days away," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We wanted to give him ample time with the finger, but given the situation and the need for an added arm, we felt like we had to make the move to put Mike on the DL.

"Hopefully this gives him that extended period of time to get past this in its entirety, or at least to try and get further ahead of it."

Napoli is hitting .260 with five home runs with 22 RBIs in 43 games this season for the Red Sox, who have lost 10 straight games and sit in last place in the American League East.

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