The Texas Rangers announced this afternoon that the club has reinstated catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli from the 15-day disabled list. Napoli (#25) will be in uniform and available for tonight's series opener with Baltimore. To make room on the 25-man roster for Napoli, the club has optioned catcher Taylor Teagarden to Triple-A Round Rock.
Napoli was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 12 with a strained left oblique muscle. He had been bothered by the injury for several days leading up to the disabled list stint and aggravated it during his most recent game with Texas on June 11 at Minnesota. He is batting .221 with 10 homers and 25 RBI in 46 games with the Rangers this season.
Napoli batted .267 (4-15) with 3 home runs, a double, and 9 RBI in 4 games on a rehabilitation assignment with Round Rock (AAA) over the past 4 days. In his final 2 games the past 2 days, Napoli hit 3 home runs with 7 RBI, including a walk-off 3-run homer in his final rehab at-bat to end the game last night vs. Nashville.
Teagarden has batted .269 (7-26) with 2 doubles and 2 RBI over 9 games and 3 stints with Texas this season (April 20-May 6; May 18-23; June 12-July 3). He matched his career high with 3 hits on Friday vs. Florida. Teagarden has spent the rest of the year at Round Rock.
With these moves, the Rangers still have a full 40-man roster.
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