Red Sox vs. Athletics: Edward Mujica avods disabled list, Mike Napoli gets the day off

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Manager John Farrell said reliever Edward Mujica will stay off he disabled list for now. Mike Napoli gets a day off to heal.

BOSTON -- Edward Mujica appears to have avoided a trip to the disabled list.

Manager John Farrell said that Mujica will be day-to-day following some tests performed on the reliever before Sunday's series finale against the Athletics.

"This isn't a DL situation as a result of the exam this morning," Farrell said. "[Mujica is] likely unavailable today and give him today and tomorrow, the off-day, to continue to receive treatment and see where we are when we open up against Cincinnati."

Mujica was held out of Saturday afternoon's game with tightness in his oblique muscle. While the reliever sits out, Farrell said that the situation will dictate who comes into the game to close if closer Koji Uehara is unable to pitch.

"Depending on where we are in the lineup, it's going to determine who that seventh or eighth inning is going to be," Farrell said. "We've seen Tazawa in the seventh inning if we're against right handers, Miller or even Capuano in the eighth against some lefties, so we match up more in the innings prior to Koji. We'll see. It'll be dependent upon who's available on a given day and what the scores are."

Other Red Sox notes:

Mike Napoli is getting a scheduled day off to heal some nagging injuries. With the off-day on Monday, Farrell saw the opportunity to give his first baseman an extra day of rest

"He's still trying to get over some things he's banged up with and today being a day and then tomorrow, hopefully we can get further ahead of it," Farrell said. "If you notice after every at-bat, he's getting taped up with that finger so it's something that he still contends with."

Farrell says Napoli's ability to withstand pain has allowed him to continue to play every day, despite dislocating his ring finger in Chicago two weeks ago.

"It speaks to his pain threshold, which is obviously high, Farrell said. "The one thing that is extremely noticeable is the two strike approach, where there is a willingness to cut down the swing to stay under control a little bit more without sacrificing too much power and I think it's translated to the on-base and the overall average."

Farrell also reflected on Jon Lester's eight inning, 15 strikeout performance.

"That's a rare performance," Farrell said. "The thing that still stands out is that combination of power and command. When you see the location and the quality of the location inside the strike zone, that's what's pretty remarkable. To maintain that full power through a full eight innings, nearly 120 pitches. He got into a very good rhythm early and carried it all the way through."

Lester's performance put another Red Sox legend's performance in to context: Pedro Martinez:

"What puts some other things in context is that Pedro did this ten times in his career here," Farrell said. "It makes you take a step back and realize how dominant a pitcher he was."

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