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.”