ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers rolls his ankle sliding into second base after a throwing error by pitcher Fernando Salas #59 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Remember this gruesome image of Mike Napoli's ankle twisting in a really unnatural way? I bet Napoli remembers it vividly.
The Texas Rangers' catcher, who took the league by storm after the all-star break and snatched the starting catching job from Yorvit Torrealba's hands, is still recovering from a high-ankle sprain suffered four months ago.
Though he has to tape his ankle up all nice and tight, Napoli is working out and is insisting he'll be ready to go for Opening Day, which is a good thing if you're a Texas Rangers fan.
"I sprained it pretty good," Napoli told MLB.com. "Sometimes a high-ankle sprain takes awhile. I've heard some people (say) it's better to break it. I've sprained ankles before, but not like that. I was told it would take awhile."