Napoli still dealing with soreness from left ankle sprain

Posted Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

ARLINGTON -- Mike Napoli said that he has gotten over the sting of the Rangers' narrow World Series miss, though it took him awhile to turn the page.

But the sting in his left ankle, severely sprained in Game 6, still lingers.

Napoli said that he plans to give running another shot next week after the ankle felt unstable during the initial attempt to run on it 10 days ago. With six weeks left until pitchers and catchers report for spring training, Napoli expects to be at 100 percent by late February.

"I've been rehabbing every day," Napoli said during the first stop of the annual Rangers Winter Caravan. "It's definitely getting stronger. With everything that happened, we kind of lost track of it for a week. It kind of set me back by doing that, but I went into a walking boot and took care of it."

Dr. Keith Meister examined the ankle in early November after an MRI was performed. Napoli said that the injury, which would have put him on the disabled list had it occurred during the regular season, did not require surgery.

Eyes on Darvish

Ron Washington has watched game film on right-hander Yu Darvish and also met the Japanese star last month when he visited Dallas-Fort Worth.

Both the video scouting and the live chat left the Rangers manager impressed.

Washington understands that general manager Jon Daniels and the front-office staff still have work to do to sign Darvish ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline Wednesday, but he believes Darvish can succeed.

"His abilities are just as good as the abilities we have here," Washington said. "The whole key, if we end up signing him, is for him just to be Yu Darvish. We're not expecting him to put us on his shoulder. We're not expecting him to do anything special."

Colby Lewis pitched against Darvish in Japan, winning their only head-to-head matchup. Lewis said that Darvish already possesses the key element for big-league success.

"If you're able to throw strikes, pound the strike zone and get guys out, it doesn't matter what league you play in," Lewis said. "He has overpowering stuff, especially in that league. That was the big thing that stood out to me, his fastball command."

On hold

The Rangers' attempt to negotiate a long-term contract with Yu Darvish has put many transactions on hold, including a possible extension for Colby Lewis.

The right-hander said that the Rangers and his agent, Alan Nero, have had a few discussions about a new deal, but Lewis' sense is that the Darvish talks are a culprit for a lack of movement.

Lewis, who can be a free agent after the season, is a bargain this season at a base salary of $3.25 million. Neither the extension nor the possibility of starting on Opening Day is much of a concern.

"I want to go out and throw 200 innings and stay healthy all year," he said. "Then, everything will pan out."

Briefly

Left-hander Derek Holland started playing catch in mid-December and plans to throw off a mound next week for the first time this off-season. Lewis plans to begin throwing soon and will get on a mound a few weeks before spring training.

Randy Ready, who was San Diego's hitting coach the past two seasons, has been hired as hitting coordinator as the Rangers all but finalized their minor-league coaching and development staffs. Front-office man Jake Krug has been promoted to director of player development.

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @JeffWilson_FWST

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse, images, internet links or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Sunday, April 20Full Scoreboard
Toronto4Final | Box
Cleveland «6
LA Angels1Final | Box
Detroit «2
Seattle2Final | Box
Miami «3
Atlanta3Final(14) | Box
NY Mets «4
Milwaukee «3Final(14) | Box
Pittsburgh2
St. Louis2Final | Box
Washington «3
NY Yankees «5Final(12) | Box
Tampa Bay1
Minnesota «8Final | Box
Kansas City3
Cincinnati «8Final | Box
Chicago Cubs2
Chicago WSox16Top 9th | Box
Texas2@theBallpark | TV: CSN-CHI, FSN-SW
Houston1Top 7th | Box
Oakland2@theBallpark | TV: CSN-HOU, CSN-CA
Philadelphia4Top 6th | Box
Colorado6@theBallpark | TV: CSN-PHI, ROOT-RM
Arizona1Bottom 7th | Box
Los Angeles4@theBallpark | TV: FSN-AZ, SportsNet LA
San Francisco4Bottom 7th | Box
San Diego2@theBallpark | TV: CSN-BA, FSN-SD
Baltimore 4/20 7:05 PM ET
Boston TV: ESPN, MASN
Full Scoreboard
Sunday, April 20Full Scoreboard
Dallas85Final | Box
San Antonio «90
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. San Antonio leads series, 1-0.
Charlotte88Final | Box
Miami «99
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Miami leads series, 1-0.
Washington 4/20 7:00 PM ET
Chicago TV: TNT, CSN-WAS, CHI
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Portland 4/20 9:30 PM ET
Houston TV: TNT, CSN-HOU
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Full Scoreboard
Full Scoreboard
No games this week
Full Scoreboard
Sunday, April 20Full Scoreboard
Philadelphia «4Final | Box
NY Rangers2
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Series tied, 1-1.
Detroit1Final | Box
Boston «4
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Series tied, 1-1.
Tampa Bay 4/20 7:00 PM ET
Montreal TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS, Sun
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three. Montreal leads series, 2-0.
Los Angeles 4/20 10:00 PM ET
San Jose TV: NBCSN, CBC, FSN-W
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. San Jose leads series, 1-0.
Full Scoreboard