Napoli's lingering ankle issue will relegate him to the bench for likely the rest of the season, Evan Grant of MLB.com reports. With extended rosters, the Rangers can afford to keep Napoli active as a last-ditch right-handed power bat off the bench. But Napolis is hitting a brutal 6-for-56 (.107) over his last 19 games. While the spirit may be willing, the body has not been cooperating. Three of those six hits for Napoli have been homers, so maybe he can catch lightning in a bottle a few times down the stretch off the bench.
Napoli is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Angels. Napoli is just 3-for-19 (.158) with 10 strikeouts against Friday's starter for the Angels, Bud Norris, so he will not be in the Rangers' lineup. With Napoli on the bench, Joey Gallo will get the nod at first base, and Will Middlebrooks will replace Gallo at the hot corner.
Napoli (lower leg) is in the lineup for Thursday's game against Seattle. Napoli is back at first base while batting eighth in the order after sitting the past three games with a lower right leg injury. Prior to this setback, Napoli was hitting just .111/.294/.278 with three home runs, seven RBI and 23 strikeouts during his last 18 appearances.
Napoli (lower leg) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners. Napoli is out of the lineup due to a stress reaction in his lower right leg, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. However, although he's not starting, Napoli is available from the bench. Joey Gallo will cover first base Wednesday with Napoli out.
Napoli (lower body), who is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Mariners, said he may be available off the bench, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. Napoli is dealing with lower-body soreness, but he was able to take swings in the cage prior to Tuesday's game and pleaded with manager Jeff Banister to let him play. While Banister said he does not foresee Napoli playing Tuesday, this bodes well for his status moving forward. Still, the first baseman is hitting just .174 with a 33.3 percent strikeout rate in 34 games since the beginning of August, so he isn't worth owning in most leagues even if he is playing. Ryan Rua is starting at first base in his stead Tuesday.
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