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Mike Napoli still hasn’t started running again after World Series ankle injury

Jan 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals Getty Images

Despite suffering a gruesome-looking ankle injury in Game 6 of the World Series Mike Napoli remained in the game and then played Game 7, but that’s the last time he’s been able to run.

It’s nearly three months later, but Napoli told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he recently attempted to start running again and was unable to do so comfortably:

But it’s getting stronger. There was no reason for me to push it, but it’s getting stable. Dr. Meister looked at it and we’re on track. I’ll be ready for spring training.

Obviously if the injury had taken place during the regular season Napoli would have missed significant time, so it’s pretty remarkable that he was able to play another game-and-a-half on it in the World Series. Oh, and he was squatting half the time as the Rangers’ catcher.

X-rays were negative and surgery was deemed unnecessary, with Durrett now referring to the injury as “stretched ligaments.”

  1. aceshigh11 - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    God, look at that photo! His foot is practically bent at a 90 degree ankle to his calf…makes me cringe just looking at it.

    Good to hear he’s on the mend…

  2. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Jesus christ, any chance you can change the picture?

    • cur68 - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Yeah. It was bad enough watching it happen. Oh and FYI “stretched ligaments” in an ankle pretty much = “sprained ankle”.

  3. stex52 - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Gotta love those catchers. Outside of Navy Seals, you wonder if there is any tougher group of people in the world.

    I watched Pudge a couple of years back when he got clobbered in the head twice in one inning. Once was a bat, the second was a rogue foul tip that also caught the umpire. He jumped right up and was laughing with the ump as he tossed a new ball to the pitcher.

  4. hammyofdoom - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Jesus the human body is screwed up. I’ve seen guys go for a layup at a basketball game between friends and sprain their ankle so bad they cant walk, yet he can do THAT and he can keep playing baseball

  5. largebill - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Headline is a little misleading claiming he isn’t running AGAIN after injury. This is little evidence that he ran before the injury.

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