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August 23, 2012

Thursday's Rangers notes: Mike Napoli eyes Sept. 1 return

Mike Napoli is hoping to be ready to return to the Texas Rangers on Sept. 1. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, but that is not realistic.

Napoli, sidelined with a left quadriceps injury, has yet to catch bullpen sessions or run the bases. Those are the two requirements he needs to pass before he is sent on a medical rehabilitation assignment.

Napoli said he ran on the treadmill today at about 80 percent, doing sprints of 10-and-15 seconds.

Here are a few other notes:

* Roy Oswalt threw 62 pitches in his spot start Saturday in Toronto, and shouldn't be too restricted on his pitch count tonight, according to manager Ron Washington. How the game unfolds will dictate where Oswalt ends up.

* Elvis Andrus makes his third career start at designated hitter tonight, his second of the season. Ron Washington doesn't like to use Andrus as the DH, but wanted to get him some rest. Michael Young will start at shortstop.

* Yu Darvish, who was scheduled to start tonight but was scratched with right groin tightness, is scheduled to throw a bullpen Friday and make his next scheduled start Tuesday against Tampa Bay.

-- Drew Davison

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