Mike Napoli to Rejoin Rangers Saturday

August 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli (25) during the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers won 11-10 beating the Angels. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE

The Texas Rangers are expected to activate catcher Mike Napoli from the disabled list this weekend, reports T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com:

"I feel good enough," Napoli said. "I'll go get some at-bats tomorrow and be ready to go. I don't think I'm running at full speed, but I'm able to run around the bases at a decent pace and I feel good catching. I tried to do everything I could to test it and it felt good. The big thing was being behind the plate. Everything is good."

Napoli has been out since August 11 while dealing with a strained left quad muscle. The 30-year-old began a rehab assignment with the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate earlier this week, and it was then speculated that he could be activated as soon as this weekend.

Napoli’s time rehabbing in the minors has been successful thus far, and the slugger is on track to rejoin Texas Saturday. He’s caught fifteen innings over his first two games, going 1-6 at the plate. After an off-day Thursday, he’ll suit up as the club’s designated hitter today.

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