Napoli not ready to run on the basepaths

Napoli not ready to run on the basepaths

KANSAS CITY -- Rangers catcher Mike Napoli, who is on the disabled list with a strained left quad muscle, spent Labor Day doing more agility drills and light running. He is also able to take batting practice and catch pitchers throwing in the bullpen.

He has still not been able to run the bases, and a timetable for his return to the lineup remains uncertain. Monday also brought an end to the regular season for the Rangers' top two Minor League teams. Triple-A Round Rock is done for the season, while Double-A Frisco begins a best-of-five Texas League playoff series against Corpus Christi on Wednesday. If the Roughriders win, they would advance to the Texas League finals against either Springfield or Tulsa.

That would be Napoli's final chance to get at-bats in the Minor Leagues before he is activated. But right now he is not ready to go on a rehab assignment, with just one month left in the regular season. He has been on the disabled list since Aug. 11.

"If we make it into the middle of September, it might be a concern," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He's coming along slowly, but we told him to come at his own pace. We want him to be comfortable. We'll live with what we've got and wait on Mike until he's able to perform. There are days he has felt good, and there are days that he hasn't been able to trust it. It's all based on feel."