June 18, 2018
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Sox’s Napoli expected to make spring debut Friday; Yanks’ Granderson out for 10 weeks

By The Sports Xchange, Special to the BDN

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Monday that Mike Napoli is expected to make his spring training debut Friday and he will play first base.

Napoli ran the bases during the weekend and reported no issues with his hips.

Napoli has a medical condition called avascular necrosis, which can lead to bone death and degeneration. Both of his hips are affected by it.

A former catcher, Napoli has made a full-time move to first base because of his condition. His three-year, $39 million contract that was agreed to in December was later scaled down to a one-year deal with $5 million guaranteed after his diagnosis was known.

Granderson sidelined

The New York Yankees received some encouraging news about Derek Jeter’s expected return to action, but that was more than offset by an injury to outfielder Curtis Granderson.

The Yankees announced Granderson will miss 10 weeks with a fractured right forearm, which he suffered when he was hit by a pitch in his first Grapefruit League at-bat on Sunday afternoon.

Granderson grabbed his right wrist and forearm after being hit by Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ in the first inning of the Yankees-Blue Jays game in Tampa.

Sunday’s game was Granderson’s first chance to play left field this spring as manager Joe Girardi started Brett Gardner in center.

Meanwhile, general manager Brian Cashman told MLB.com that Jeter is expected to make his first appearance in a Spring Training game on or about March 10.

A-Rod ring is a replica

The 2009 World Series ring that the cousin of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is selling is a replica, ESPN New York reported Monday.

Yuri Sucart, whom Rodriguez named as helping him use performance-enhancing drugs when he made his admission in 2009, sold the championship ring that Rodriguez gave him as a gift to auctioneer Ken Goldin for an undisclosed amount.

Goldin listed the ring at $5,000 as an opening bid on Goldinauctions.com on Monday.

Goldin told the New York Daily News on Friday that he expects the ring to sell for up to $40,000 because it is associated with Rodriguez.

However, Rodriguez never owned or wore the ring.

“Alex Rodriguez made numerous replica World Series rings for friends and family,” Rodriguez’s spokesman Terry Fahn said. “He didn’t know that Yuri Sucart was selling one of them.”

The Yankees banned Sucart from the team’s facilities in 2009 after Rodriguez’s PED admission.


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