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January 23, 2013

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NAPOLI HAS AVN

The Red Sox officially announced the Mike Napoli one-year deal yesterday.

The original three-year deal he received on the first day of the Winter Meetings was shortened to one year because Napoli’s MRI revealed he has avascular necrosis in both his hips.

Avascular necrosis, also known as osteonecrosis or AVN, “is a bone death caused by poor blood supply to the area. It is most common in the hip and shoulder, but can affect other large joints such as knee, elbow, wrist and ankle,” according to ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

Former NFL and MLB star Bo Jackson suffered avascular necrosis, and his hip eventually was replaced with an artificial one.

“As of now, I don’t have any symptoms from it,” Napoli said. “I’m on medication to help me get through it. I haven’t had any symptoms from it. I played with it last year and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be able to be there Opening Day and be a starter Opening Day.”

Napoli, who has caught the majority of his career, will be the Red Sox primary first baseman heading into spring training.

“The more reps I get over there, the better I know I can be,” Napoli said. “It definitely is going to be a lot easier on my body, you know, being on first base — physically, mentally. So I’m confident that I can stay healthy all year.”

RAISMAN’S BRO

Olympic gymnast gold medalist Aly Raisman has a brother Brett Raisman who plays hockey for Needham High School.

Raisman was at the Bruins game both Saturday and again Monday. She took part in the ceremonial puck drop Monday and met with the Boston media afterward.

CARTER-WILLIAMS ON FIRE

Michael Carter-Williams of Hamilton is a big reason the Syracuse basketball team is ranked No. 3 in the country and knocked off then-No. 1 Louisville on Saturday in Louisville.

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