Napoli may not be back until September

Napoli may not be back until September

Napoli may not be back until September
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are coming to grips with the possibility that catcher Mike Napoli won't be ready to come off the disabled list this week and that it could be well into September before he is back.

Napoli has been on the DL since Aug. 11 with a strained left quad and is still not 100 percent. He is able to squat and catch, but he is not able to run at 100 percent.

"I'm not ready for that next spurt," Napoli said. "I'm going to keep on doing things until I'm ready to run the bases."

Geovany Soto has been doing most of the catching during Napoli's absence, with Luis Martinez getting the occasional start. The Rangers would like a third catcher when the rosters expand on Saturday, even if Napoli isn't ready. They could turn to Brandon Snyder, who served as the emergency catcher while he was in the big leagues earlier this season.

"We'll take care of what we need to take care of," manager Ron Washington said. "We'll have that covered."

The Rangers would like for Napoli to get at-bats in the Minor Leagues on a rehab assignment before he returns, but Triple-A Round Rock and Double-A Frisco end their regular seasons on Monday. Frisco is in the Texas League playoffs, as is Class A Myrtle Beach.

"If there are no games for him to play, he'll just have to come here and strap it on," Washington said. "We're going to slow-pace him according to how him telling us how he feels. If he's not ready by Saturday, he's not ready by Saturday."

Napoli said that the delay doesn't surprise him.

"It was biting me pretty bad. I couldn't take it anymore," he said of the original injury.