ARLINGTON -- Rangers catcher Mike Napoli caught Derek Holland's bullpen session on Friday, the first time he has squatted behind the plate since being placed on the disabled list with a strained left quad muscle. He also did some running and could start running the bases this weekend.
"Everything went well," Napoli said. "We'll just see how it feels tomorrow."
Running the bases without a problem is usually the final hurdle for any player on the DL with a leg injury. If Napoli is able to do that by this weekend or early next week, the next step would be a rehab assignment in the Minors.
"We've got to make sure he has no issues," manager Ron Washington said. "He's close, we just don't know how close."
Luis Martinez made his third start at catcher for the Rangers on Friday after Geovany Soto started five straight games. During those five games, Soto was 7-for-19 with two doubles, one home run and six RBIs.