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January 11, 2012

Mike Napoli's ankle still not 100 percent

It was thought to be a miracle that Mike Napoli could walk, let alone continue to catch another 15 innings, after he sprained his left ankle in Game 6 of the World Series. Photos of when the injury was suffered are hard to view.

That was Oct. 27. On Wednesday, as the Rangers Winter Caravan kicked off in Arlington, Napoli said that the ankle was sore when he ran on it 10 days ago, but he expects to be at full strength for the start of spring training.

"I've been rehabbing every day," Napoli said. "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.

-- Jeff Wilson

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