Feb 28, 2012, 12:48 PM EST
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.
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