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September 06, 2012

Thursday pregame Rangers notes: Mike Napoli, Robbie Ross, Instructs

Catcher Mike Napoli called his Thursday another good day of work as he continues to rehab from a strained right quadriceps muscle. He ran on the bases, including three instances of running first to third. While Napoli was encouraged by the day, manager Ron Washington said that Napoli ran until feeling some uncertainty with the leg.

Said Napoli: "I'm not all the way there yet. I'm not full speed. I could play, but I wouldn't be able to do some things where I could be all out. I want to be 100 percent, but if the time comes where I'm not going to be, I'm probably going to give it a go so we know what we can do and what we can't do."

Left-hander Robbie Ross has been cleared to throw after a Wednesday visit with Dr. Keith Meister. Ross was back with the team Wednesday night. He will start a throwing program Friday, said Washington.

The Rangers released their Instructional League roster, and it includes 17-year-old outfielder Jairo Beras. The Dominican prospect's contract was approved in July but he was suspended for a year after an investigation into his age. He can participate and play in games Sept. 19 to Oct. 13 in Surprise, Ariz. Beras is one of 61 players there this year.

-- Jeff Wilson



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