Napoli, Ross activated on Saturday

Napoli, Ross activated on Saturday

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers welcomed catcher Mike Napoli and reliever Robbie Ross back to the active roster after both were given time off to freshen up and refocus for the stretch drive.

Napoli was in the lineup on Saturday after being out since Aug. 10 with a strained quad. He struck out four times in a rehab game for Double-A Frisco on Friday in the Texas League Championship Series but said before that game that he feels as healthy as he has all season.

Napoli also dealt with an ankle injury in Spring Training and has taken a beating behind the plate, as most catchers do.

"I told the guys, 'I left the strikeouts down there," said Napoli, who has struggled at the plate most of the season despite hitting 17 home runs. "It's been one of the toughest years. It's part of baseball. A lot of guys who get banged up go out there and get it done. It's part of the game."

Ross comes off the 15-day disabled list after taking time off with a strained left forearm. He threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session on Friday and probably won't be used except in an emergency until Sunday.

"It's a relief knowing I got 15 days off to get to work on some stuff," Ross said, "and get my mind ready for the rest of the season."