Seattle, Wash. - The Texas Rangers announced prior to today's game in Seattle that the club has activated first baseman Mike Napoli (#25) on the 25-man roster. To make room on the active roster for Napoli, the club has optioned outfielder Ryan Rua to Triple-A Round Rock.
Napoli, 33, was acquired from the Boston Red Sox along with cash considerations in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations last night. He reported to the team this morning and is in the starting lineup for today's game in Seattle. He has batted .207 (68-329) with 13 homers and 40 RBI in 98 games in 2015. He ranked second on the club in walks (45) and third in home runs while starting 90 games at first base and two as the DH. For the season, Napoli has 7 homers and an .845 OPS in 113 PA versus LHP. Over his last 17 games beginning July 20, the right-handed batter is hitting at a .281 (16-57) clip with 7 doubles, 3 homers, 10 RBI, and a .931 OPS.
Napoli has a career major league average of .253 with 199 home runs and 567 RBI in 1083 games with the Angels (2006-10), Rangers (2011-12), and Red Sox (2013-15). He produced 20+ homers in six consecutive seasons from 2008-13 and is a career .274 hitter with a .904 OPS versus lefthanders. He batted .320 with a career-high 30 homers for the Rangers' 2011 A.L. champions, starting at both catcher and first base, and excelled in the World Series versus St. Louis with a .350 average, 2 homers and 10 RBI.
Rua has batted .200 with 4 home runs and 7 RBI in 25 games for Texas this season.
The Rangers have a full 40-man roster.