Buzz: 'It's been a grind' for Mike Napoli

August, 14, 2012
8/14/12
4:49
PM CT
NEW YORK -- Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli has been anything but 100 percent healthy this season.

“I’ve been banged up,” Napoli, currently on the disabled list with a strained left quadriceps, said prior to Tuesday night’s game against the New Yankees. “It’s been a grind this year.”

Napoli will hit Tuesday for the first time since he landed on the DL. He still cannot do any throwing, squatting or running, though he did some leg exercises with the training staff.

Napoli doesn’t foresee any reason why he won’t be able to come off the DL when he’s eligible to be activated Aug. 26, but wasn’t willing to make any guarantees.

“We’re gonna take our time and try not to rush anything,” he said. “I want to be out there playing, but it’ll be nice to get behind the plate and feel healthy again.”

Napoli is hitting just .223 this season with 17 homers and 40 RBIs. Since July 1, he’s hitting .180 with five homers and 10 RBIs. He hit .320 last season with 30 homers.

“My No. 1 thing is to get pitchers through the game and keep us in games,” he said. “I feel like I can be a good hitter, but my No. 1 thing is to get that pitcher deep into the game and hand it over to the bullpen.”

Napoli had been dealing with the injury for about a month and hoped to play through it. He also dealt with a sprained left ankle in spring training.

“He’s been banged up the whole year, but this is the first time that he’s said anything about it, so we decided we’d better get him healthy,” manager Ron Washington said. “Normally, Mike just straps it on and doesn’t make any excuses.”

* The Rangers announced that they’ve signed catcher Koyie Hill to a minor-league contract. He’ll be assigned to Triple-A Round Rock. Hill was released by the Washington Nationals on Aug. 3 after hitting .163 with two homers and nine RBIs in 31 games for Triple-A Syracuse.

* Washington announced the rehab schedule for reliever Koji Uehara. Uehara (ribs) will throw live batting practice at Double-A Frisco on Wednesday and Friday. He’ll then do a pair of rehab innings at Triple-A Round Rock on Aug. 21 and 24. If all of that goes well and he doesn’t have any setbacks, he could be activated from the DL on the Aug. 26.

* Backup catcher Luis Martinez is excited about making his first start of the season.

“It’s my first time playing in Yankee Stadium, so I’m gonna try to make the most of it,” he said.

* Washington has been elected to the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame in a 2012 class that also includes former Ranger Mark Teixeira of the Yankees and pitcher Derek Lowe.

* A report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, citing a source, said ex-Ranger Yorvit Torrealba is close to signing with the Toronto Blue Jays. A source close to Torrealba told ESPNDallas.com that “it’s a possibility and we’re working on it.”

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