Rangers place C Napoli on 15-day DL

The Texas Rangers placed All-Star catcher Mike Napoli on the

15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained left quadriceps.

Napoli has been bothered by the injury for about a month, and

manager Ron Washington had hoped extra rest would help his slumping

catcher.

Napoli rested for three days earlier this week before he went 0

for 4 with a pair of strikeouts in a 6-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers

on Friday night.

”It’s been there a long time,” Washington said. ”It just

never healed up.”

Napoli, who started his first All-Star game in July, broke

through in 2011 with 30 home runs and a .320 batting average. He’s

been inconsistent at the plate this season, hitting .223 with 17

home runs and 40 RBIs.

Since July 1, Napoli has a .180 batting average with five home

runs and 10 RBIs.

Geovany Soto, who was acquired from the Chicago Cubs on July 30,

will see most of the playing time behind the plate while Napoli is

out.

Washington said he doesn’t consider Napoli’s leg injury

severe.

”He can take this time and he doesn’t have to worry about

results,” Washington said. ”He can just work.”

To replace Napoli on the roster, the Rangers recalled catcher

Luis Martinez from Triple-A Round Rock.

Martinez was with the Rangers from July 14-21 and appeared in

one game. He hit .270 with two homers and 22 RBIs in 65 games with

Round Rock.