First baseman Mike Napoli said that he has not even had a conversation in months with Dr. Joseph Lane, the specialist at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery regarding his hip condition.

"Everything is fine," he said. "I haven't had any issues."

Napoli had been diagnosed with avascular necrosis, a degenerative hip condition, that caused the Sox to withdraw their original three-year, $39 million offer, signing him instead to a one-year $5 million contract with an additional $8 million in performance clauses.

"I have to get a follow-up MRI once every three months," he said. "I've got one coming up soon. Otherwise, I just take bone medication once a week."

The medication does have some side effects, he acknowledged. "I get achy sometimes," he said. "It's a flu-like achiness, but it only lasts a day."

The first baseman said he is not surprised that the hip has not surfaced as a problem.