Who's No. 1? Catchers' roles unsettled
Camp to determine primary duties for Napoli, Torrealba
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mike Napoli was the Rangers' No. 1 catcher during the playoffs, starting behind the plate in 14 of 17 games. Manager Ron Washington said that doesn't matter now.He still has two front-line catchers in Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba, and Washington refuses to say who will be the club's No. 1 catcher. "I'm not going by the playoffs," Washington said Thursday morning before the first workout for pitchers and catchers. "Both will get playing time. I'm going to do my best to utilize both of my catchers." Torrealba led the Rangers with 95 starts behind the plate last season, the second most of his career. Napoli started in 57 games at catcher, which was the fewest of his career. But beginning Aug. 4, Napoli started 27 of the Rangers' final 51 games while Torrealba started 21. Napoli earned the increased playing time by hitting .320 on the season with a career-high 72 runs scored, 30 home runs and 75 RBIs. Torrealba, who also started 13 games at designated hitter, hit .273 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs.
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