MINNEAPOLIS — Mike Napoli had started every game for the Red Sox this season. But he’s out of the lineup tonight.
The Sox are in the middle of a stretch that will see them play 20 games in as many days, and manager John Farrell hopes to get every regular a day off before the next scheduled day off June 3.
Napoli also has been slumping, with 10 hits in his last 52 at-bats.
“I don’t think that’s the only factor,” Farrell said. “Certainly that’s one of them. But you also look at when the guy who steps in for him might have a matchup that’s advantageous to him. There’s a few things you take into account.”
• David Ross, who is on the seven-day concussion disabled list, had been scheduled to join the team this weekend. But he remained in Boston because of his symptoms and will not be examined until Monday.
As a result, Ross is not expected to be back for any games on this road trip. The Red Sox have the option of putting him on the 15-day DL backdated to Sunday. Ross was concussed on Saturday when he took two foul balls off his mask while catching.
“Much like we’ve seen with many other concussions, these things take on a life of their own,” Farrell said. “He’s still experiencing some lightheadedness and fatigue. So we’ve got to give it time.”
Although nothing has been scheduled, Farrell expects that Ross will meet with concussion expect Dr. Michael Collins at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Collins was the doctor who treated Stephen Drew for his concussion in spring training.
• Farrell has spoken to righthander Joel Hanrahan, who had Tommy John elbow surgery Thursday along with surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon. Hanrahan, who will be a free agent after the season, will be out for at least a year.
Dr. James Andrews did the surgery in Pensacola, Fla.
Farrell said that Hanrahan will be in Dallas for the initial stages of his rehab and will check in with the team periodically.
“He can rest with some peace of mind [knowing] that everything that could have been done has been done by the best in the business,” Farrell said.
Our On Deck blog takes a look at the price the Sox paid for Hanrahan.