Napoli takes cortisone shot in oblique

Napoli takes cortisone shot in oblique

Napoli takes cortisone shot in oblique
ARLINGTON -- Injured Rangers catcher Mike Napoli had a cortisone shot on Monday to combat pain in his strained left oblique. He hopes to ramp up his activity level on Wednesday.

Napoli went on the disabled list on June 12 with the ailment, and while he has caught bullpen sessions and worked out, he has yet to do any more strenuous swinging than from a tee.

"Before we make any plans, he's got to start swinging the bat," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We don't know when that will be. He's throwing, he's catching in the bullpen, but he hasn't gotten the chance to get in the cage and start swinging yet."

Napoli said he'll take a short break, then get back to rehabilitation exercises.

"I did some core stuff yesterday, some rotational stuff," Napoli said. "I did one-arm bat, top and bottom hands, and a couple swings with the short bat and two hands off the tee. I got a cortisone yesterday, so I'm going to take today off. We're going to go from there and see how I feel tomorrow."

Napoli said that the injury could have gotten worse had he not gone on the disabled list when he did.

"The pain is down to one sore spot. It is not as bad," Napoli said. "We caught it at the right time."