Recovering well, Napoli could return when eligible

Recovering well, Napoli could return when eligible

Recovering well, Napoli could return when eligible
TORONTO -- Mike Napoli's road to recovery is going well, and there remains a possibility that he could rejoin the team when he is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 26.

But that will ultimately be determined once Napoli visits team doctor Keith Meister this upcoming week and has his strained left quad reevaluated.

"He's been working hard, doing a lot of medicine-ball work for his quad," Washington said. "He doesn't feel it when he bends anymore, but we just want to make sure it's gone so he can have a peace of mind."

If all checks out, manager Ron Washington said Napoli wouldn't need much time to get back in the lineup, and would probably use him as the team's designated hitter initially.

The All-Star catcher is batting .223 with 17 homers and 40 RBIs over 92 games this season.

Geovany Soto and Luis Martinez, who was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock when Napoli landed on the DL, have been catching during his absence.