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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Napoli has accepted an assignment to Triple-A Columbus to begin the season, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com 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.
Napoli will be released and then re-signed to a minor-league deal by the Indians in the coming days, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com 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.
Napoli (hand) will make his Cactus League debut at first base Tuesday against the Reds, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com 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.
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.
Napoli underwent surgery on a torn ligament in his right hand earlier this week, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
This was an injury Napoli played through in 2017, during which he slashed .193/.285/.428 with 29 home runs and 66 RBI for the Rangers. The 36-year-old was also bothered by an ankle ailment that caused him to miss the final few weeks of the year. He is currently still on the free-agent market, but should be fully healthy by the time spring training rolls around.
Napoli's (ankle) team option was declined by the Rangers on Monday.
While this move had been expected, Napoli's team option was officially turned down Monday. Napoli offers plenty of power, as he slugged 29 home runs over 124 games in 2017. However, he also posted a dismal .193 batting average, the lowest mark of his career.
Napoli (ankle) will become a free agent after the Rangers declined to exercise his $11 million club option for 2018, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Given the amount of money Napoli was owed, this isn't too surprising. While the 35-year-old swatted a healthy 29 homers this season, he was 19 percent worse than a league average hitter (81 wRC+) and batted an unsightly .193 with a 33.6 percent strikeout rate -- all career worst marks. He'll look to catch on elsewhere, though he may be forced to settle for a minor-league deal given the lack of demand for power-hitting first-base/DH types with high strikeout rates.
Napoli (ankle) doesn't expect to play again in the 2017 season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Napoli has been out since Sept. 15 with a lingering ankle issue. Over 124 games this season, Napoli posted a dismal .193 batting average, but managed to retain some fantasy value with 29 home runs.
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.
Napoli is dealing with lower-body soreness and may be out a while, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Nothing official has been announced regarding a timetable for Napoli's return, but Grant speculates it could be more than just a day-to-day thing. The Rangers are pretty banged up at the infield corners, but Will Middlebrooks will likely see plenty of action, especially while Joey Gallo (wrist) is out. Napoli can be cut loose in a large portion of single-season formats, as he was hitting .111 with a 33.8 percent strikeout rate in 54 at-bats leading up to this injury, and it doesn't sound like the Rangers are prioritizing at-bats for him down the stretch.
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