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August 24, 2012

Friday's Rangers notes: Napoli closer

Catcher Mike Napoli is getting closer to beginning a medical rehabilitation assignment. He caught Derek Holland's bullpen session today, and also did a few arc runs around the infield.

"Everything went well, we'll see how I feel tomorrow," Napoli said.

Napoli do a light running session around the bases Saturday, and be ready for a rehab assignment as early as Monday.

Here are a few other notes:

* Roy Oswalt isn't too pleased with his role as a reliever/spot starter, but that hasn't become an issue in the clubhouse. Ron Washington has no problems with Oswalt, and understands why he doesn't want to leave games early. "Don't expect him to be happy when you come and get him out of a ballgame because he's a competitor," Washington said. "I don't know how many guys do agree with a manager when he come gets them out of the ballgame because they all think they can get out of the situation they put themselves in." Washington also said this about Oswalt's role: "You've got a guy who's started 300 ballgames and he's supposed to be all jittery and honky dory because he's going to the bullpen? It just takes a while, but he really hasn't been a problem in the clubhouse."

* Luis Martinez is starting tonight at catcher after Geovnay Soto has caught five consecutive games. Washington would prefer Soto to only catch four games in a row, and said five is the maximum. 

* Koji Uehara is scheduled to throw another inning of relief tonight at Triple A Round Rock. If all goes well, he is expected to be activated on Sunday instead of waiting until Sept. 1 when rosters expand. "He's a winning piece for us," Washington said. "We want to get him in the bullpen as soon as we can if he's ready to go."

-- Drew Davison

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