Napoli ready for shortened rehab assignment

Napoli ready for shortened rehab assignment

Napoli ready for shortened rehab assignment
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rangers catcher Mike Napoli took batting practice and ran with a bungee cord before Saturday's game against the Rays as he continues to inch closer to returning.

Out since Aug. 10 with a strained left quad, Napoli is set to go out on a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco as the Rough Riders continue their playoff run.

He's set to be the designated hitter the first rehab appearance and will then resume catching responsibilities. Manager Ron Washington usually likes his players to get approximately 20 at-bats, but he doesn't have that luxury this time.

"He's ready to get out of here," Washington said. "We'll probably just get him three games. That's our intention."

Napoli said Saturday that he didn't feel any pain, calling it a good day.

"I'm feeling good," Napoli said. "I'm just gonna keep on doing it every day."

The Rough Riders downed the Corpus Christi Hooks on Friday to advance to the club's first Texas League Championship and will play either Tulsa or Springfield of the North Division beginning Tuesday.

Napoli had missed 27 games for the Rangers prior to Saturday's matchup. In his absence, Texas has gone 17-10, relying on Geovany Soto and Luis Martinez to fill the void.

In 92 games, Napoli has hit .223 with 17 long balls and 40 RBIs.