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Mike Napoli Undergoes Successful Sleep Apnea Surgery

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Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli underwent surgery to relieve his sleep apnea on Tuesday. Winslow Townson/AP

The Red Sox have announced that first baseman Mike Napoli underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to treat his sleep apnea.

The surgery was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital; the team said he is expected to return home later this week after a brief stay at the hospital.

Napoli revealed he had the condition – which causes a person’s airway to become obstructed during sleep – after the 2014 season.

“I’ve been dealing with sleep apnea for a long time, my whole career,” he told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford in October. “I’ve tried numerous things and none of them worked. Dental mouth piece, CPAP machine, medicines … It’s just gotten to the point where I have to get this done.”

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On top of his sleep apnea, Napoli suffered a slew of injuries during 2014, including ailments to his finger, toe, knee, and back. He saw time in 119 games for the Sox in 2014, hitting .248 with 17 home runs and 55 RBIs.

Napoli joined the Red Sox as a free agent prior to the 2013 season and switched from catching to playing first base full time. He hit .259 in 139 games in his first season in Boston, belting 23 home runs and driving in 92 runs.

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