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Mike Napoli Nearing Return for Rangers

ST. PETERSBURG - SEPTEMBER 08:  Catcher Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers walks the dugout during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on September 8, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG - SEPTEMBER 08: Catcher Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers walks the dugout during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on September 8, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli began his minor league rehab assignment last night and there’s a chance he’ll be activated by the club this weekend, reports T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com:

Mike Napoli joined Double-A Frisco on Tuesday night to begin a medical rehabilitation assignment. He went 0-for-2 and was hit by a pitch, catching seven innings as he continues to rehab from a quad injury.

There is a possibility that Napoli could be used at designated hitter in that game before being activated this weekend with the Rangers.

Napoli is scheduled to catch nine innings tonight for the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate, and Sullivan speculates the slugger could be used as the team’s designated hitter Friday. That would put him in line to possibly rejoin the Rangers this weekend.

Napoli last appeared in a game for Texas on August 10, as he’s since been sidelined with a quad injury. Prior to being placed on the disabled list, the 30-year-old hit .223/.343/.429 with seven doubles and seventeen home runs over 301 at-bats this season.