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Veteran Mike Napoli Suffers “Significant Knee Injury” Playing for the AAA Clippers in Columbus

The Indians hung on to veteran Mike Napoli after he was unable to find another team to play for this spring, but while playing for the Columbus Clippers he suffered a knee injury on Tuesday that might not allow him to do much for awhile if the Indians need him or not.

The vet, who was hitting .042 with a homer and 4 RBI in eight games in Columbus, is on the shelf with what Tribe manager Terry Francona called a “significant knee injury” chasing a foul ball during Tuesday’s game.

No word yet on how long Napoli may miss, but his trek to trying to get back to a big league roster just got a whole lot tougher based on this latest injury.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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