ST. LOUIS The Red Sox had Mike Napoli taking ground balls at third base before the game. He played three games at the position in the minors, the last in 2004 for Single A Rancho Cucamonga.
Its an option, manager John Farrell said.
With no designated hitter for the three games at Busch Stadium, the Red Sox have a hole in their lineup without Napoli. David Ortiz, the usual DH, is startingh at first base tonight.
With the Cardinals having only righthanded starters, the Red Sox are hoping that Ortiz can start at least two of the games if not all three.
Shortstop Stephen Drew is 4 for 42 in the postseason. If Napoli is deemed acceptable at third base, the Red Sox could shift Xander Bogaerts to shortstop.
Napoli looked comfortable taking grounders but a few of his throws to first base were wild.