After sitting two games, Napoli returns to lineup

After sitting two games, Napoli returns to lineup

ARLINGTON -- Catcher Mike Napoli started for the first time since Monday as he returned to the Rangers' lineup after missing two games with a sore left quad.

Geovany Soto started Tuesday and Wednesday against the Red Sox before the Rangers got an off-day on Thursday, giving Napoli more time to rest before Friday's series opener against the Tigers.

"We planned it so that Soto caught the last two games in Boston and then we have the off-day, then hopefully things quiet down a little bit and [Napoli] can go out there and do his thing," manager Ron Washington said. "But he was never totally down. If I needed him in Boston, he could have went out there and caught."

Napoli, who is 0-for-10 with six strikeouts in his last three games, has not recorded a hit since going 3-for-4 in a win over the Angels on Aug. 1 and is batting .179 in his last 40 games. He started at catcher on Friday and batted eighth.

"It feels fine," Napoli said of his quad. "I'm getting treatment every day and taking it one game at a time. It's been bothering me ever since the Boston series."