Mike Napoli Expected To Get Lion's Share Of Time At First With Kendry Morales Out

Despite his potent bat, Mike Napoli has long struggled to find consistent playing time with the Angels. Now, although out of position, it seems he's going to get a chance to prove himself at first base.

Catcher Jeff Mathis was scheduled to play for triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday and Friday night before being activated off the disabled list either Saturday or Sunday against the Dodgers.

His return from a broken right wrist will probably push catcher Mike Napoli, who has started five games at first since Morales was hurt, into more of an everyday first-base role.

Tony Reagins and the Angels have not ruled out the possibility of making a trade, but they'll give Napoli an extended opportunity before they start to look outside the organization.

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