ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington is expecting plenty of house guests in the next few days as around 10 members of his family are leaving New Orleans in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac hitting there. The storm could strengthen into a hurricane before it makes landfall.
It’s expected to hit the Gulf Coast area early Wednesday morning.
Washington’s New Orleans home was hit hard because of flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He was the third-base coach with the Oakland A’s at the time and left the club for a few days to see the damage for himself and make sure his family was OK. It took him a while to rebuild his home.
“This is not Katrina,” Washington said. “There’s only one Katrina. She was a b---. This is Isaac. He might be a punk.”
Washington does not expect severe damage from this storm, noting that the winds aren’t supposed to be as high and that the city is better equipped to make sure the levees hold.
“The biggest issue is going to be the rain,” Washington said. “They’ve developed some new pumping systems and we’ll see how they work.”
Washington’s wife, Gerry, is with him in the Dallas area this season, but he said his house is “locked down” and he isn’t concerned.
* Washington hopes to have Mike Napoli back by Saturday, though that depends on how many at-bats he gets on a rehab assignment. He was expected to run the bases Monday and would be sent on a rehab assignment if he feels good Tuesday. That would give him three days before Saturday. Of course, he could stay a few games longer if the club and Napoli feel he needs more at-bats. ... Napoli could also catch Ryan Dempster's bullpen session to continue to test his tight quad. He said he's done some lateral movement on it and has felt fine.
UPDATE: Napoli ran the bases and said he only felt "so-so," meaning he's not quite ready to go out for a rehab assignment. The club will figure out the next plan, but he's going to slow things down with the idea that it's not worth pushing things and having a setback.
* The Rangers will go with a three-man bench until rosters expand Saturday. That's when they can bring in reinforcements.
* Yu Darvish is ready to go for tomorrow's start as expected.