BOSTON -- Red Sox right-hander Edward Mujica will avoid the disabled list after having a warm-up session in the bullpen cut short due to oblique tightness Saturday.
“This isn’t a DL situation as a result of the exam this morning,” manager John Farrell said Sunday morning prior to the finale of a three-game series against Oakland at Fenway Park. “Likely unavailable today. Give him today and tomorrow, the off day [Monday], to continue to receive treatment and see where we are when we open up against Cincinnati [on Tuesday].”
Mujica was warming in the eighth inning Saturday before he felt what he described as a pinch in his right side. Chris Capuano took Mujica’s place in relief of Jon Lester and entered to begin the ninth inning.
Given Mujica’s struggles, a stint on the disabled list might have given the team a chance to get him straightened out. However, Farrell indicated prior to the injury Saturday that he felt as if Mujica was trending in the right direction. The veteran has shown an uptick in velocity in recent outings, building arm strength that was slow to come out of the gate.
Farrell said that Napoli is still recovering from the dislocated ring finger on his left hand suffered April 15 in Chicago. The slugger is having the finger taped after most of his at-bats, Farrell said, and a down day -- coupled with Monday’s break in the schedule -- will help him get closer to 100 percent.
Napoli has missed just two games since the injury and remains the most consistent threat in the lineup, entering Sunday hitting .290 with five home runs and 17 RBIs, which is tied with David Ortiz for the team lead.
“It speaks to his pain threshold, which is obviously high,” Farrell said. “The one thing that is extremely noticeable is the two-strike approach. There’s been 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.”