Napoli, Andrus close to returning to action

Napoli, Andrus close to returning to action

Napoli, Andrus close to returning to action
HOUSTON -- Catcher Mike Napoli, who has been on the disabled list since June 12 with a strained left oblique, is scheduled to join Triple-A Round Rock on a medical rehabilitation assignment on Thursday. The plan is for him to play four games with Round Rock and be activated on Monday.

Napoli is scheduled to catch Scott Feldman on Thursday, play first base on Friday, catch again on Saturday and be used at designated hitter on Sunday.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus was out of the Rangers' lineup for the fourth straight game on Wednesday but could be in the lineup on Thursday. That is, if manager Ron Washington decides that will be the case.

Andrus, who has been sidelined with a sprained left wrist, said he is ready to go. He took more batting practice and ground balls on Wednesday without any problems.

"I'm ready to go tonight if they need me," Andrus said before Wednesday's game.

Washington said it will be Thursday or Friday. Washington often likes to give a player an extra day of rest before getting him back into the lineup after an injury.