SEATTLE -- Mike Napoli, who recently came off the disabled list after a left quad strain, received two days off prior to starting Saturday behind the dish for the Rangers. As far as Sunday, manager Ron Washington wants to wait and see before slotting a catcher into the lineup.
Washington doesn't believe he has to make a conscious effort to get Napoli, who missed 33 games with his quad injury, a certain amount of starts behind the plate during the remainder of the season. Geovany Soto did the majority of the catching in Napoli's absence.
Napoli could appear in games as the designated hitter, but most likely will not appear at first base, where he has played in 24 contests.
"When I was playing him at first, I really didn't have it totally covered," Washington said. "Now, I got it covered. He just has concentrate on catching and hitting."