Red Sox place Mike Napoli on disabled list

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox will be without Mike Napoli for a couple weeks.

The hits just keep on coming for the Boston Red Sox, who have placed first baseman Mike Napoli on the disabled list with a sprained finger.

Napoli was one of Boston's only real threats at the plate in April, but has fallen off sharply after dislocating said finger halfway through the month. He's still managed to reach base, having drawn 24 walks in his last 29 games. But he's struggled to make the same strong contact that made him so valuable in those first two weeks, leaving him with a line of .238/.389/.366 over the last month.

Of course, the Red Sox could desperately use those on-base abilities, but for now they'll have to do without. In exchange, they'll have Brandon Workman up from the minor leagues as they continue to shuffle their roster around in the aftermath of the Stephen Drew signing, and likely will turn to some combination of Mike Carp and Daniel Nava at first base.

It's a bad bargain, to be sure. Especially for a team that can ill afford to give up any amount of quality in the field right now.

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