Buzz: Mike Napoli rested and ready

September, 15, 2012
9/15/12
5:09
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mike Napoli's smiling face was back in the clubhouse Saturday. Looking rested and ready to play, Napoli is in the lineup at catcher and batting eighth.

"I've been chomping at the bit to get in there," Napoli said. "I'm excited. I feel good."

Napoli spent a month on the disabled list with a strained quad after struggling at the plate this season. But the time off may given him time to regroup and be fresh for the stretch drive and postseason.

"The one factor I'm looking for tonight is how he moves behind the plate," manager Ron Washington said. "The offensive stuff will take care of itself. He is fresh."

Catching instructor Hector Ortiz has worked with Napoli during rehab, and Napoli said he doesn't feel any issues with the quad while catching. He won't be running at 100 percent.

"But I'm never been a burner," Napoli joked.

Other notes:

* Joe Nathan said he's going to take another day off but expects to return Sunday. Nathan said he isn't sure if he's going through a "dead-arm" period or just the effects of a heavier workload recently. But he isn't worried either way, adding that he'll take this minibreak and throw through any pain.

"I won't overdo it," Nathan said. "But you just keep throwing and you get back to where you were."

* Mike Adams and Koji Uehara won't be pitching tonight. Adams is being given at least another day to rest his tight trapezius muscle. Uehara pitched four consecutive games for the first time in his career and needs a break. Robbie Ross was activated, but the club would like to stay away from him after he threw a bullpen session Friday.

* Washington said that he plans on splitting the catching duties between Napoli and Soto, but that Soto will remain the catcher for Yu Darvish's starts. Why break up that tandem? Washington said he likes the way Soto has caught him during Darvish's improved streak the last five starts.

* Jurickson Profar is in the lineup tonight at shortstop. Washington wanted to give Andrus a half-day off at DH. "I hope I get some ground balls," Profar said.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.90 167 133
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .323
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 56
RA. Beltre 54
OPSA. Beltre .887
ERAY. Darvish 2.90
SOY. Darvish 167