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Sox Notes: Day Off for Napoli; Mujica Day-to-Day

Edward Mujica was supposed to pitch an inning in Saturday’s game against the A’s. But the right-hander felt some tightness in his oblique while warming up and was scratched.

Mujica was examined Sunday morning, manager John Farrell said, but tests did not reveal an injury, and Mujica is not expected to go on the disabled list at this point but will not pitch in Sunday’s series finale with the A’s with an off-day Monday.

“He’s day to day,” Farrell said. “This isn’t a DL situation, as result of the exam this morning. He’s likely unavailable today and we’ll give him today and tomorrow the off-day to continue to receive treatment and see where we are when we open up against Cincinnati.”

The Sox host the Reds for two games beginning Tuesday.

• During spring training, Farrell had said Mujica would be the back-up if closer Koji Uehara where unavailable. Who takes on that role now? It depends.

“Depending on where we are in the lineup, it’s going to determine who that seventh or eighth inning is going to be,” Farrell said. “We’ve seen [right-hander Junichi Tazawa] Tazawa, [lefties Andrew] Miller or even [Chris] Capuano in the eighth against some lefties. So we match up more in the innings prior to Koji. We’ll see. It’ll be dependent upon who’s available on a given day and what the scores are.”

• First baseman Mike Napoli gets a day off today, with Mike Carp playing first batting fourth.

“[Napoli is] still trying to get over some things he’s banged up with,” Farrell said. “Today being a day [off] and then tomorrow [with the off-day], hopefully we can get further ahead of it.”

One of the things Napoli is still dealing with is his left ring finger, which he dislocated on April 15 in Chicago on a head-first slide stealing second base in the ninth inning.

“If you notice after every at-bat, he’s getting taped up with that finger,” Farrell said. “So it’s something that he still contends with.”

Napoli has reached base safely in a career-high 26 straight games since April 4, and in 28 of 29 games this season.

• In 47 career games against the A’s, Grady Sizemore is batting .313, going 57-for-182. It is his best average against any team. He has a 25-game on-base streak against Oakland, they longest active by any player against the A’s. In that streak he is batting .330, going 30-for-91, with six doubles, a triple, four home runs, 16 RBI, 14 walks, and getting hit by a pitch three times. In the first two games of this series, he is 1-for-8 with a double, a walk, and three strikeouts.


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