Napoli continues to make strides in recovery

Napoli continues to make strides in recovery

KANSAS CITY -- The daily watch on injured catcher Mike Napoli continues and Wednesday was a good day for him. He didn't run the bases, but Napoli ran around the infield on the outfield grass and had no problems with his strained left quad muscle.

Napoli described his running as being at about "75 percent" speed.

"Everything felt good," Napoli said. "I wasn't guarding it at all. I was running smoothly, I wasn't forcing it. That's a good sign."

Being able to run the bases would be the final step before Napoli is either activated or sent out on a medical rehabilitation assignment. His chances of going on a rehab assignment rest on how long Double-A Frisco can stay alive in the Texas League playoffs.

"It doesn't matter to me," Napoli said. "I have been tracking pitches in the bullpen, taking batting practice, doing everything but running."