ARLINGTON -- Rangers catcher Mike Napoli had no problems in catching seven innings for Double-A Frisco in a 5-0 loss to Springfield in the first game of the Texas League championship series. Napoli, in his first game on medical rehabilitation assignment, was 0-for-2 with a hit by pitch.
Napoli followed that up Wednesday by going 1-for-4 with a home run and caught the entire game in a 6-4 loss. He is scheduled to be the Frisco DH on Friday n Frisco and could be activated after that.
"My intention is for him to play three games," manager Ron Washington said. "He needs to see pitching. He's catcher-ready. They put him through three or four days of work behind the plate. He needs to see live pitching and get his timing down."
Frisco lost to Springfield, 5-0, in Game 1 in the best-of-five series. So the series could be over after Friday. Frisco is the last Rangers farm team still going in the playoffs.
Napoli has been on the disabled list since Aug. 11 with a strained left hamstring. He is hitting .223 with 17 home runs and 40 RBIs in 92 games on the season.