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Mike Napoli | First Baseman | #5

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/31/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 17 (0) / LAA
Contract: view contract details

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Mike Napoli finished 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run home runs in Saturday's 10-4 win against the Mariners.
Napoli's first homer was part of a five-run first inning against Yovani Gallardo, setting the tone early for the home team. He also victimized reliever Dan Altavilla in the sixth inning as part of another five-run frame. Napoli's power production has been rather sporadic this season, and he is hitting just .200 overall on the season. He remains best used in AL fantasy play as opposed to mixed formats. Jun 17 - 11:44 PM

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Rangers activated 1B Mike Napoli from the 10-day disabled list.

Carlos Gomez (hamstring) has also been activated from the DL ahead of Friday night's series opener against the Mariners. Napoli missed 12 days with a lower back injury. He's starting at first base and batting eighth against Seattle left-hander James Paxton. Gomez is in center field and batting fifth.
Jun 16 - 4:27 PM

Mike Napoli (back) and Carlos Gomez (hamstring) are hoping to be activated from the disabled list ahead of Friday's game against the Mariners.

Both played in a rehab game for Double-A Frisco on Thursday. Napoli went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts while Gomez went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Even if it's not Friday, we'd expect both players to be activated at some point this weekend.
Jun 15 - 10:42 PM

Mike Napoli (back) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Friday.

Napoli will be serving as designated hitter in Friday's game. He landed on the disabled list with lower back tightness at the beginning of June. While it is not yet known how many rehab games the veteran slugger will need before he is ready to rejoin the Rangers, he has not experienced any setbacks in his recovery and looks to be progressing well. A return in late June figures to be in play so long as he continues on his current track.
Jun 14 - 4:44 PM

Rangers placed 1B Mike Napoli on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 4, with lower back tightness.

It's something that's bothered Napoli for a little while now and he hadn't played since the issue flared up on him Saturday. It's unclear how long the veteran slugger will be sidelined. Joey Gallo should be the team's regular first baseman while Napoli is out, and Ryan Rua, Jared Hoying and Pete Kozma could pick up some extra starts.
Jun 6 - 3:40 PM

The Rangers haven't ruled out placing Mike Napoli (back) on the disabled list.

Napoli has battled a back strain for the last week or so and it flared up on him Saturday. He hasn't recovered as quickly as hoped, so the Rangers could go ahead and make a DL move prior to Tuesday's game rather than continuing playing a man short. Joey Gallo should handle first base for as long as Napoli is out, with Ryan Rua, Jared Hoying and perhaps Pete Kozma in line for extra at-bats.
Jun 5 - 5:39 PM

Mike Napoli (back) is not in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

It's no surprise after he was lifted from Saturday's contest with back spasms. Napoli has battled a back issue for the last week or so and it's possible he'll wind up on the disabled list. The Rangers have Joey Gallo at first base, Pete Kozma at third and Adrian Beltre in the designated hitter spot Sunday. They also have Rougned Odor down in the No. 7 spot.
Jun 4 - 12:42 PM

Mike Napoli was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Astros early due to back spasms.

With Napoli out, Joey Gallo moved from left field to first base while Ryan Rua entered the game and took over in the outfield. It's uncertain how long Napoli will be sidelined, if at all. Rua might see added playing time with Gallo manning first base if Napoli needs to miss time.
Jun 3 - 8:47 PM

Mike Napoli (back) is in the Rangers' starting lineup Wednesday night against the Rays.

He'll start at first base and bat eighth after missing a few games with back tightness. Napoli has a disappointing .194/.263/.411 overall slash line in 48 games this season, though he has slugged 11 home runs.
May 31 - 4:00 PM

Mike Napoli is out of the Rangers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Rays.

Napoli is battling some minor back tightness. Joey Gallo will start at first base and Adrian Beltre will start at third base Tuesday versus Tampa Bay.
May 30 - 4:09 PM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 and hit his 11th homer Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Napoli is on pace for 40 homers, but he's hitting .198 with a 54/13 K/BB ratio to date, giving him an OPS+ right around 80. Although he's not an asset right now, he'll probably remain a lineup fixture when Adrian Beltre returns.
May 24 - 10:38 PM

Mike Napoli clobbered his 10th home run of the season on Sunday as the Rangers dispatched the Tigers 5-2.

Napoli finished the night 2-for-3 and also drew a pair of walks. His mammoth blast into the camera well in center field in the fifth inning traveled an estimated 452 feet. Even with the strong day at the plate though, Napoli is still hitting just .188/.262/.416 with 10 homers and 23 RBI on the season.
May 21 - 11:54 PM

Mike Napoli slugged his ninth home run of the season in Friday's victory over the Tigers.

That was the lone bright spot on the night for the veteran first baseman who whiffed in each of his other three plate appearances. It has been a tough go for him at the plate this season, slashing .182/.250/.399 to go along with nine long balls and 22 RBI.
May 19 - 11:27 PM

Mike Napoli finished 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk Tuesday against the Phillies.

Napoli is hitting .245 with five homers and 11 RBI in 14 games this month. It comes with a 17/2 K/BB ratio, so it's probably best not to get too excited. He can still be of a little use in mixed leagues, though.
May 16 - 11:27 PM

Mike Napoli hit a three-run home run, his second homer of the game, to give the Rangers a walk-off, 5-2 win over the Padres on Thursday.

Napoli led off the eighth inning with a solo homer to get the Rangers on the board, and he came up again with two runners on and the game tied in the ninth. The 35-year-old untied it with a no-doubter into the left field stands that gave the Rangers the come-from-behind win. Napoli now has seven homers on the year, but that's about the only positive to highlight from his first month-plus. The veteran slugger is batting just .172/.237/.375 overall.
May 11 - 11:48 PM

Depth Charts

C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Robinson Chirinos
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3Pete Kozma
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Joey Gallo
LF1Delino DeShields
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Nomar Mazara
2Drew Robinson
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
2Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
S1Yu Darvish
2Cole Hamels
3Martin Perez
4Andrew Cashner
5A.J. Griffin
6Tyson Ross
7Chi Chi Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
R1Matt Bush
2Jeremy Jeffress
3Keone Kela
4Tony Barnette
5Jose Leclerc
6Alex Claudio
7Nick Martinez
8Austin Bibens-Dirkx
9Dario Alvarez
10Jake Diekman
11Ernesto Frieri
12Tanner Scheppers
13Preston Claiborne