The Sox could have walked away from Napoli when they found out he had the hip ailment, but they didn’t. They know power like his is a risk worth taking if you don’t want a lineup that limps along.
Sox manager John Farrell said the club was hoping Sunday was the first of many moonshots from Napoli.
“I think we’ve seen a lot of them go that way and that far over time,” said Farrell. “More than anything it’s good to see him swing the bat. I think the fact that he had a number of plays the other night has allowed him to settle in a little bit quicker than maybe otherwise would have been the case. But for two games, four at-bats, we probably couldn’t ask for a whole lot more right now.”