Fighting slump, Napoli gets day off in Houston

Fighting slump, Napoli gets day off in Houston

HOUSTON -- Rangers catcher Mike Napoli was given the day off on Sunday with Yorvit Torrealba behind the plate for Colby Lewis and no designated hitter being used at the National League park.

Napoli went into the game hitting .221 with no home runs and four RBIs in his last 20 games. He also had a .294 slugging percentage. His last home run was on April 25 against the Yankees.

"I don't know ... sometimes I feel comfortable and sometimes I don't," Napoli said. "I just have to keep grinding away."

For the season, Napoli is hitting .244 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs while playing in 37 of 41 games. He has a .333 on-base percentage and a .457 slugging percentage.

Through the Rangers' first 41 games last season, Napoli was hitting .200 with six home runs and 16 RBIs. He had a .355 on-base percentage and a .493 slugging percentage while appearing in 37 of 41 games. He ended up hitting .320 with 30 home runs and 75 RBIs.

"I've been struggling, I haven't felt comfortable and I'm still hitting .240-something," Napoli said. "I take it as a positive. I haven't hit my stride yet, but I feel like I'm making strides. The results aren't there yet but if I keep working, it will come."

Napoli remains unsigned beyond this year and can become a free agent after the season. He said that has not been an issue.

"I haven't thought about it," Napoli said. "I'm trying to do something every day to help us win. If I go through the season and let it play out, everything will work out. I'm just trying to win. That will take care of everything."