Napoli says he's OK after bean-ball scare

Napoli says he's OK after bean-ball scare

Napoli says he's OK after bean-ball scare
ARLINGTON -- Mike Napoli was not in the Rangers' lineup Wednesday a day after getting hit in the helmet by Seattle's Blake Beavan. Manager Ron Washington said it was Yorvit Torrealba's day to catch.

Napoli said being sore and beat up is part of being a catcher.

"I enjoy it," he said. "I signed up for it."

He didn't sign up to get hit in helmet, and was obviously frustrated afterward. He had a baseline test for a concussion that came back normal. He was hit in the helmet where it protects his left temple.

"You get hit in the head, are you going to be happy about it?" Napoli said. "It was just emotions. ... It's part of the game. I'm glad I'm all right."

Napoli said Wednesday he wasn't experiencing any headaches or other concussion symptoms. He took regular batting practice for the game against Seattle.

Napoli said "he hopes so" when asked if the pitch just got away from Beavan. Napoli didn't think the second-year pitcher from nearby Irving was throwing at him.