Mike Napoli Injury: Rangers Catcher Not Ready To Return From DL

Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli, placed on the DL with a quad strain on Aug. 11, says that he's not yet ready to return after running the bases on Monday afternoon. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram, Napoli had hoped to return on Saturday, but is "not quite there" as he rehabs from a troubling left quad strain suffered earlier this month.

Napoli was eligible to come off the DL on Aug. 26, and had originally stated there was no reason he wouldn't be ready by that date, yet he has yet to feel comfortable after various rehab exercises. Napoli caught Derek Holland's bullpen session last week and has been running the bases during the Rangers' warmups during the current homestand, but is still fighting through tightness in the muscle.

The catcher enjoyed a career year in 2011, yet has struggled for most of the 2012 season, dealing with various ailments before finally landing on the DL. The Rangers have stated there's no hurry for Napoli to return after the acquisition of Geovany Soto at the trade deadline.

The Rangers travel to Cleveland for a three-game series against the Indians on Friday, before heading to Kansas City for four games on Sept. 3.

Be sure to visit Lone Star Ball for more Rangers coverage. Also visit Baseball Nation for even more news and analysis from around the league.

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