Sean McAdam of CSNNewEngland.com shares the gory details about the painful facial surgery that Mike Napoli had earlier this offseason to help end his long battle with sleep apnea …
Napoli underwent the procedure – bimaxillary advancement – in November. Surgeon Dr. Leonard Kaban broke Napoli’s jaw in two places, then shifted his lower jaw forward to create a bigger airway. Though his trademark beard has grown back, Napoli’s profile is now noticeably different.
He spent two days in Mass. General’s intensive care unit and felt excruciating pain for more than another week. When he was released, he was limited to a liquid diet. He dropped considerable weight, which he only recently gained back.
“I still have some complications,” Napoli told McAdam. “I don’t have feeling in my lips or my chin, because they stretched out my jaw so far and all the nerves take time to come back. It can take up to a year. … It was probably one of the worst things I’ve ever (gone through), to tell you the truth. It was a brutal process.”
But he says he’s sleeping better and has felt much more energized during his offseason workouts.
Napoli appeared in only 119 games in 2014 for the last-place Red Sox, batting .248 with a .789 OPS, 17 home runs, 20 doubles, and 55 RBI. He hit .259 with an .842 OPS, 23 home runs, 38 doubles, and 92 RBI across 139 games in 2013. The 33-year-old first baseman is entering the final year of a two-year, $32 million deal.