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Mike Napoli Injury: Texas' Catcher To Miss Saturday's Contest

Rangers fans were excited to have meaningful baseball back on Friday night, as the Rangers continued their winning ways, defeating the Seattle Mariners 3-2 in Seattle.

Rangers fans, however, are not going to be too thrilled to learn that catcher Mike Napoli will miss at least Saturday's game, because of an injury suffered in Friday's win.

Napoli was injured in the fifth inning has he slid into Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo and was tagged for the final out. Napoli remained in the game, but said that he was unable to continue for the ninth inning. He was replaced by Yorvit Torrealba, who would start in Napoli's absence.

Napoli said it hurt at the bottom of the muscle near his knee ever time he crouched behind the plate.

"I tried to stay in there, but I couldnt't really take it anymore," Napoli said.

Hopefully for the Rangers and Napoli, the injury won't require a stint on the disabled list.

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