Mike Napoli still hasn’t started running again after World Series ankle injury

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Despite suffering a gruesome-looking ankle injury in Game 6 of the World Series Mike Napoli remained in the game and then played Game 7, but that’s the last time he’s been able to run.

It’s nearly three months later, but Napoli told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he recently attempted to start running again and was unable to do so comfortably:

But it’s getting stronger. There was no reason for me to push it, but it’s getting stable. Dr. Meister looked at it and we’re on track. I’ll be ready for spring training.

Obviously if the injury had taken place during the regular season Napoli would have missed significant time, so it’s pretty remarkable that he was able to play another game-and-a-half on it in the World Series. Oh, and he was squatting half the time as the Rangers’ catcher.

X-rays were negative and surgery was deemed unnecessary, with Durrett now referring to the injury as “stretched ligaments.”

World Series Umpires Announced

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Major League Baseball just announced the umpires for the World Series.

The crew chief will be Gerry Davis. Davis was worked 136 career Postseason games, which are the most of any umpire in Major League Baseball history. This is his sixth World Series overall and third time as crew chief.

Joining Davis will be Phil Cuzzi, Laz Diaz, Dan Iassogna, Bill Miller, Paul Nauert and Mark Wegner. Wegner will serve as the replay official for Games One and Two, after which he will join the on-field crew as the left field umpire for Game Three. Cuzzi will be the Replay Official from Game Three through the conclusion of the World Series. Cuzzi will not be a field umpire for any of the games.

The breakdown: