Napoli on track to return from DL on Saturday

Napoli on track to return from DL on Saturday

ARLINGTON -- Catcher Mike Napoli, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 11 with a strained left quad muscle, is on schedule to be activated on Saturday.

Napoli caught 15 innings over two games for Double-A Frisco on Tuesday and Wednesday without any problems. He was 1-for-6 at the plate, but hit a home run in his last at-bat on Wednesday.

Napoli worked out with the Rangers on Thursday and is scheduled to be used at designated hitter for Frisco on Friday. The Roughriders lost the first two games of the Texas League championship series, with Game 3 scheduled for Friday in Frisco.

"I feel good enough," Napoli said. "I'll go get some at-bats tomorrow and be ready to go. I don't think I'm running at full speed, but I'm able to run around the bases at a decent pace and I feel good catching. I tried to do everything I could to test it and it felt good. The big thing was being behind the plate. Everything is good."

Napoli was the Rangers' catcher in the World Series last year. Now he finds himself in the Texas League finals. He understands this is not the usual rehabilitation assignment.

"I know what it means to those guys," Napoli said. "They want to win and I'm trying to do my best to help them win. I'm taking it seriously, and at the same time, trying to get myself in shape."