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  • Mike Napoli: Announces retirement

    Napoli announced his retirement on his personal Twitter account Saturday.

    The 37-year-old hoped to keep playing after tearing his ACL in April but eventually decided to call it a career. He'll finish with a .246/.346/.475 line across 12 seasons spent with the Angels, Rangers, Red Sox and Indians. He racked up 1,125 hits, 267 of which were home runs. Napoli won a World Series ring with Boston in 2013 and made an All-Star appearance in 2012 with the Rangers.

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  • Indians' Mike Napoli: Hopes to continue playing

    Napoli, who is out for the season following surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus in his right knee, is continuing to rehab the injury with the hope of playing in 2019, Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

    Napoli has regained some range of motion and strength in his leg since going under the knife in early May, but an injury of that kind of severity at his age -- he'll turn 37 in October -- could be the death knell for his career. Even before going under the knife, Napoli struggled to find work over the winter, waiting until late February before agreeing to a minor-league pact with the Indians. Napoli, who hit 29 home runs for the Rangers in 2017 but posted a weak .285 on-base percentage, acknowledges that he'll face an uphill battle in trying to resurface in the big leagues. He's used his free time this summer to mentor some of the young hitters in the Cleveland organization in preparation for a potential coaching gig if he fails to claim an MLB roster spot next spring.

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  • Indians' Mike Napoli: Hits DL

    Napoli (knee) was placed on the disabled list with Triple-A Columbus on Thursday.

    This comes as little surprise, as the veteran suffered a "significant" knee injury in Tuesday's contest. Napoli is going to be examined further Friday morning, so the nature of his injury should become clearer in a day or so.

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  • Indians' Mike Napoli: Suffers torn ACL; out for season

    Napoli will miss the rest of the 2018 season after suffering a torn ACL and meniscus in his right knee.

    Napoli will undergo season-ending surgery in the near future and could wind up missing some time at the beginning of next season as well, since the timetable for this sort of injury is typically a 10-to-14 month process. The 36-year-old had been playing for Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate on a one-year deal. Over 124 games with the Rangers last year, Napoli slashed .193/.285/.428 with 29 home runs and 66 RBI.

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  • Indians' Mike Napoli: Suffers 'significant injury'

    Manager Terry Francona said that Napoli suffered a "significant knee injury" during Tuesday's game with Triple-A Columbus, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

    Napoli was carted off the field after sustaining the injury. The club has yet to hear back on the results of his MRI, but it's clear the Indians are bracing for bad news. Expect an update on his status in the near future.

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  • Indians' Mike Napoli: Carted off field Tuesday

    Napoli exited Tuesday's game with Triple-A Columbus early after suffering an apparent knee injury, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

    The knee injury appeared to be rather severe, as Napoli was carted off the field after not being able to exit under his own power. He'll undergo an MRI on Wednesday, but early indications are not encouraging. The veteran is just 1-for-24 in his first seven minor-league games this season.

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  • Indians' Mike Napoli: Headed to Triple-A

    Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Napoli has accepted an assignment to Triple-A Columbus to begin the season, Paul Hoynes of reports.

    With the combination of Yonder Alonso and Edwin Encarnacion more than capable of splitting duties at first base and designated hitter, Napoli was always facing an uphill battle to crack the Indians' Opening Day roster. After a dismal season with the Rangers in 2017, Napoli will head to the minors to prove he's healthy and still has plenty of pop in his bat. If a roster spot with the Indians fails to open up in the coming months, Napoli could request his release from the organization in pursuit of an opportunity elsewhere.

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  • Indians' Mike Napoli: Likely headed to minors

    Napoli will be released and then re-signed to a minor-league deal by the Indians in the coming days, Jordan Bastian of reports.

    Napoli entered camp as a non-roster invitee and appears to be on the outside looking in when it comes to earning an Opening Day roster spot. The 36-year-old will likely head to Triple-A Columbus for the start of the 2018 season unless it becomes clear that another organization is willing to give him a major-league contract. All in all, it's expected that the Indians will officially release Napoli on Thursday and that he will re-sign with the club the following day.

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  • Indians' Mike Napoli: Making spring debut in field

    Napoli (hand) will make his Cactus League debut at first base Tuesday against the Reds, Paul Hoynes of reports. He'll occupy the cleanup spot in the lineup.

    Napoli was shelved for the final two weeks of last season with a minor ankle injury and underwent surgery in late November to repair a torn ligament in his right hand, but neither issue looks to be affecting him at this point. While health doesn't look to be a concern for Napoli, his lack of defensive flexibility and declining bat-to-ball skills kept him unsigned through late February, when he finally landed a minor-league deal from the Indians. Napoli will compete for a role as a bench bat and short-side platoon mate with Yonder Alonso at first base, but the 36-year-old's standing as a non-roster invitee makes it far from a given that he'll secure an Opening Day gig with the Tribe.

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  • Indians' Mike Napoli: Returning to Cleveland

    Napoli signed a minor-league deal with the Indians on Tuesday which includes an invitation to spring training, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

    Napoli was a member of the pennant-winning Indians team in 2016. The 36-year-old struggled to a .193/.285/.428 line over 485 plate appearances with the Rangers last season, so his major-league career may well be done. He has a chance to stick with Cleveland as a veteran presence off the bench, but even in that role his fantasy value is likely to be limited.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 225 lbs
Birthplace: Hollywood, FL
Age: 42
Experience: 12
Bats/Throws: R, R