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Halos activate Wilson; Napoli starts again

Halos activate Wilson; Napoli starts again

ARLINGTON -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia didn't see any reason to give catcher Mike Napoli a day off.

After all, Napoli went 6-for-9 with three doubles in the past three games to help the Angels sweep the Athletics. That was simply enough for Scioscia to put Napoli in the lineup on Monday night against the Rangers, which would be Napoli's fourth consecutive game.

"Mike caught very well over the weekend and he's starting to swing the bat like we know he can," Scioscia said. "Mike felt really good and you can see it in his confidence of what he's doing behind the plate."

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The reason the issue was raised was because the Angels activated catcher Bobby Wilson on Monday, optioning Ryan Budde back to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Wilson, who was sidelined after a concussion he suffered on April 23, played in five rehab games, going 5-for-12 with a home run and three RBIs.

And Scioscia isn't concerned about anything that might creep into Wilson's mind when he gets back behind the plate.

"I think Bobby is going to hang in there and make the plays when he has a chance," Scioscia said. "As a catcher, that's part of the territory. You need to get back on that horse, and I think he will."

In other catching news, Jeff Mathis, on the DL with a fractured right wrist, played catch and threw on Monday. Mathis is still seven to 10 days away from being able to get behind the plate and start throwing from the catching position.

"It's baby steps, but he's getting there," Scioscia said.

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