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Napoli on the run, hopes to play soon

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 24, 2013 11:18 AM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. ó Mike Napoli cleared another hurdle on Sunday when he ran the bases for about 10 minutes at JetBlue Park.

Napoli was previously restricted to batting practice and fielding drills in spring training because of a condition that restricts the flow of blood into his hips. Running at roughly half speed, he went straight to first base twice, rounded the bag twice and then went from the plate to second base twice.

"It wasnít a full-go, but it felt good to just run and make the turns. It felt good just running," Napoli said. "Just progress from there. I had a little conversation about it at the end, I want to get close to that full burst from first to third."

Strength and conditioning coach Pat Sandora and assistant athletic trainer Brad Pearson supervised the session. Napoli hopes to get in a game by the end of this week. He understand the caution the Red Sox are taking, but he has yet to feel any symptoms or pain.

"It feels good. I expect to be fine. I'm just going through the steps of what they want me to do," Napoli said. "I'm fine with it, as long as I'm ready for Opening Day, which I should be easily. It's a long spring, I'll just get myself in shape and get ready to go."

Napoli took batting practice before he ran the bases. Here's a short video of Napoli running.

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