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Mike Napoli will undergo season-ending knee surgery

CLEVELAND– Mike Napoli will have season-ending knee surgery, according to the Cleveland Indians.

The 36-year-old Napoli suffered an ACL and meniscus tear in his right knee while chasing a foul ball on Tuesday for Class Triple-A Columbus.

Napoli hit .193 with 29 homers and 66 RBI with the Texas Rangers last season. With the Indians in 2016, he hit 34 homers and 101 RBI and was a clubhouse leader as the team went on their World Series run.

This past winter, Napoli went unsigned until the Indians gave him a minor league deal so that he could train with a club and showcase his talents for other organizations. The Tribe didn’t have a Major League roster spot for him, and told both Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso that he was not there to challenge them for reps or time.

As spring training ended, Napoli still could not find a Major League deal and instead agreed to one with Columbus.

Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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