Making his first start since Aug. 16 Mike Napoli offered some evidence his foot problem might be manageable.

The first baseman who has been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot (which recently received a cortisone shot for) reentered the Red Sox’ starting lineup and came away with his first three-hit game since June 1.

“To come back and have three hits … it’s been quite awhile since he had three hits in a game. I think the rest has done him well obviously makes the foot feel better but I think just overall to get his legs back underneath him” Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters after his team’s 4-2 over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. “Whether we have to space out some rest periodically more regularly for him we’ll look to do that but one thing we’ve noticed. When he does have rest he’s come back and swung the bat very well. The swing hasn’t gotten as loose so to speak and gotten more compact.”

Prior to the game Napoli spoke to reporters regarding what he has been dealing with regarding the injury. He made it clear his offensive struggles (hitting .192 with a .611 OPS and one home run this month) had nothing to do with the ailment.