The Pirates wasted little time in testing out Mike Napoli and his recently diagnosed hips at first base. On the first pitch he saw from Jon Lester, leadoff hitter Darren Ford pushed a bunt toward first base.

Napoli -- making his Grapefruit League debut after being delayed this spring by the avascular necrosis that was diagnosed in both hips in his physical with the Red Sox -- fielded the ball then beat Ford to the base for the out.

“I got it out of the way quick,” Napoli said. “I guess the ball finds you.”

Napoli knew he would be tested, but he wasn’t expecting it right out of the chute.

“I’m ready for a ball but I didn’t think with a righthander up I was going to get a ball like that,” he said. “But I was prepared for it and I just made the play.”

Napoli cleanly handled eight chances in the field in his four innings of work, including a pop-up in foul territory, and two 3-to-1 feeds to the pitcher.

“I felt good,” he said. “I was comfortable over there. I should, after all the work we put in on the backfields and just working on it. Everything felt god, my legs felt good and I was happy to be in there tonight.”

“When you consider how many plays Mike had over at first base, we couldn’t draw it up probably any better in the four innings of work he had there,” said manager John Farrell. “A number of 3-to-1 feeds to the pitcher, couple picks in the dirt, did a very good job. First pitch of the gamer that he sees, here’s a push bunt his way and he’s thrown right into the mix but handled everything flawlessly.”