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Rangers put Mike Napoli on disabled list with strained quad

Aug 11, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

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Rangers catcher Mike Napoli has registered an underwhelming .223/.343/.429 batting line with 17 home runs and 40 RBI through his first 359 plate appearances this season. And now he’s hurt.

Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Napoli was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of a painful left quadriceps strain. He tried to play through the discomfort after initially suffering the injury earlier this week, but that didn’t quite work out.

Luis Martinez was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock in a corresponding roster move to serve as Geovany Soto‘s backup over the next few weeks. Napoli, who hit .320/.414/.631 with 30 home runs and 75 RBI in 432 plate appearances last season, should be back in action before the end of August.

  1. ahenobarbuso - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    They should have held onto Yorvit Torrealba for a few more days before releasing him.

    • antlerclaws - Aug 12, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      Exactly what I was thinking. Not sure why they were in such a rush to be rid of him.

  2. raider2124 - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    3rd catcher to go down for me in 3 weeks. First arencepia, then Grendel now Napoli. Fantasy season just about over

  3. rebeljpl - Aug 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    I continue to hear locally that Napoli is severely out of favor with Washington. I actually saw him at a gas station on Lamar and Ballpark about two blocks from the stadium yesterday and he didn’t look like he was the jolliest guy on the street…

  4. stex52 - Aug 13, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    There is one guy who will probably take a severe beating for deciding to test the free agent market as opposed to signing on a high note after last season. He had $$$ in his eyes after seeing Molina’s contract. You pays your money and you takes your chances.

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