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Napoli sits as Pedroia returns to Red Sox lineup

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Napoli back in Red Sox lineup after missing game

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Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli, left, walks off the field with trainer Rick Jameyson after badly bending …

CHICAGO (AP) -- While Dustin Pedroia returned to Boston's starting lineup, Mike Napoli dropped out.

The first baseman didn't start Wednesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox because of a dislocated ring finger on his left hand.

Napoli was injured during a headfirst slide on Tuesday.

''I'm definitely tender, which was probably expected with what I did to it,'' he said. ''I'm doing treatment, trying to get that swelling out of there. It's feeling better and better as I go. I'm going to do as much treatment on it as possible.''

Napoli wasn't sure when he would be able to return, saying he would see how he feels each day.

''Maybe I can have some late-inning defense or something,'' he said. ''It's sore, but once I get that swelling kind of drained out, it will be better.''

Pedroia missed two starts at second base because of inflammation of the left wrist and had a cortisone shot. He was a pinch runner Tuesday, and doubled and scored in his first at-bat Wednesday.

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