Rangers expect Napoli back on Tuesday

Rangers expect Napoli back on Tuesday

SEATTLE -- The Rangers are hoping Mike Napoli will be ready to return to the lineup on Tuesday against the Athletics because they are not expecting Yorvit Torrealba to be there. Torrealba is expected to miss the two-game series in Oakland while his wife gives birth.

Torrealba would be placed on paternity leave, which would allow the Rangers to keep Luis Martinez on the roster for a few more days. Martinez was called up on Saturday because the Rangers wanted an extra catcher while Napoli was dealing with a bruise just above his right knee.

Napoli was injured during Friday's game against the Mariners and was out of the lineup for the second straight game. But he did report significant improvement on Sunday and the Rangers are off Monday before opening a two-game series with the Athletics on Tuesday.

"It's definitely feeling better," Napoli said. "It's still a little stiff but it feels more like a bruise. I'll keep getting the same treatment and hopefully it will be ready Tuesday."

Martinez was acquired in the offseason from the Padres for pitcher Ryan Kelly. He appeared in 23 games for the Padres last year and was hitting .262 with two home runs and 17 RBIs in 50 games for Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers also saw him in big league camp this spring.

"He's a good defensive catcher," manager Ron Washington said. "He can throw and move the ball around with his bat. He did a good job."