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Ron Washington: Mike Napoli is “60-70 percent” recovered from World Series ankle injury

Feb 28, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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

Mike Napoli played a game-and-a-half on the gruesome-looking ankle injury he suffered during the World Series, but four months later manager Ron Washington describes him as being “60-70 percent” recovered as Rangers camp begins.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Napoli’s ankle is strong enough that he’s been able to catch multiple bullpen sessions, but as Washington explained “he’s certainly being careful cutting on the basepaths.”

Napoli never had blazing speed to begin with, so as long as he’s able to catch and hit he should be able to play regularly early on. And if not the Rangers have Yorvit Torrealba as one of the majors’ most experienced and most expensive backups. In fact, prior to Napoli taking over as the everyday catcher in the playoffs Torrealba started 95 of 162 games behind the plate during the regular season.

  1. Utley's Hair - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    On behalf of quite a few HBTers around these parts, please, PLEASE stop using that pic. Thanks.

    • cur68 - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      This

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      No matter how many times it pops up it still makes me cringe.

  2. 32bigg - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    I disagree. That photo is vivid evidence of an epic example of a baseball player putting his own health at risk and overcoming a serious injury to continue to compete for his team. Seriously, four months later and the injury is still not healed! But he never left the game and played the next night.

    If it’s still not healed after four months, then that is a very serious injury. I don’t remember Schilling coming to spring training the next season with bloody socks, yet I’ll have to hear about that no-nothing-loud-mouth’s bloody sock for the rest of my baseball loving life.

    AA’s only bad trade. But who knew?

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