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Napoli back in Rangers lineup

Napoli back in Rangers lineup
OAKLAND -- Rangers catcher Mike Napoli was back in the lineup on Tuesday after missing two games in Seattle because of a bruise above his right knee. He went through a series of agility drills early Tuesday afternoon without problem.

"He was fine before that," manager Ron Washington said. "Nap told me on Sunday if I needed him, he could go. I offered to DH him [Tuesday], but he's said he's ready to go."

"I'm good to go," Napoli said. "I'd rather catch. I love catching. Plus DHing here is tough. It's cold, no [batting] cage, nowhere to go. But that had nothing to do with it. I'd rather catch."

The Rangers are without catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who was placed on 72-hour paternity leave as his wife was due to give birth on Tuesday. He is expected to be back with the Rangers on Friday in Anaheim.

Luis Martinez remains with the Rangers as their backup catcher. The Rangers have a day game on Wednesday but Washington said he expects Napoli to start that game as well.

"If he gets out of tonight's game fine, he'll be ready to go," Washington said.

OAKLAND -- Rangers catcher Mike Napoli was back in the lineup on Tuesday after missing two games in Seattle because of a bruise above his right knee. He went through a series of agility drills early Tuesday afternoon without problem.

"He was fine before that," manager Ron Washington said. "Nap told me on Sunday if I needed him, he could go. I offered to DH him [Tuesday], but he's said he's ready to go."

"I'm good to go," Napoli said. "I'd rather catch. I love catching. Plus DHing here is tough. It's cold, no [batting] cage, nowhere to go. But that had nothing to do with it. I'd rather catch."

The Rangers are without catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who was placed on 72-hour paternity leave as his wife was due to give birth on Tuesday. He is expected to be back with the Rangers on Friday in Anaheim.

Luis Martinez remains with the Rangers as their backup catcher. The Rangers have a day game on Wednesday but Washington said he expects Napoli to start that game as well.

"If he gets out of tonight's game fine, he'll be ready to go," Washington said.