Napoli sits as Pedroia returns to Red Sox lineup

CHICAGO (AP) While Dustin Pedroia returned to Boston’s starting lineup, Mike Napoli dropped out.

The first baseman didn’t start Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox because of a dislocated ring finger on his left hand.

Napoli was injured during a headfirst slide on Tuesday.

”I’m definitely tender, which was probably expected with what I did to it,” he said. ”I’m doing treatment, trying to get that swelling out of there. It’s feeling better and better as I go. I’m going to do as much treatment on it as possible.”

Napoli wasn’t sure when he would be able to return, saying he would see how he feels each day.

”Maybe I can have some late-inning defense or something,” he said. ”It’s sore, but once I get that swelling kind of drained out, it will be better.”

Pedroia missed two starts at second base because of inflammation of the left wrist and had a cortisone shot. He was a pinch runner Tuesday, and doubled and scored in his first at-bat Wednesday.