For a moment in the fourth inning of Game 6, it appeared certain that the Texas Rangers had lost their most valuable player of the World Series thus far. With catcher Mike Napoli on first base with one out, pitcher Colby Lewis tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt to move him over to second base. Cardinals reliever Fernando Salas fielded it quickly and wheeled around to throw Napoli out at second. But like many fielders during a tumultuous stretch in the middle innings, Salas botched the play, overthrowing shortstop Rafael Furcal and sailing the ball into the outfield.
That's when Rangers fans everywhere let out a collective gasp.
Seeming to not have been expecting Salas to make a play at second, Napoli arrived at the base tentatively. He reached safely amidst the traffic caused by Salas' errant throw, but rolled his ankle on his last sliding step. As Skip Schumaker quickly scooped up the ball for the Cards, Napoli was already writhing in pain on the ground, causing manager Ron Washington and the trainer to immediately run onto the field to check up on him.
The replay looked very bad, but somehow, Napoli shrugged it off and was able to play all 11 innings crouching behind the plate.
X-rays turned out to be negative Washington said after the game that Napoli is fine. Rangers fans can only hope that he ices it all day and is ready to play Game 7.
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