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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Chris Iannetta To Miss 6-8 Weeks Following Wrist Surgery

Chris Iannetta will miss 6-8 weeks due to wrist surgery following a hit-by-pitch in the Twins series. The Angels might promote Alberto Rosario, said to be the best defensive catcher in the Angels minors right now, though a trade is also possible. Mike DiGiovanna has more. Hank Conger is on the AAA DL, and can't be immediately promoted (and in any case probably isn't ready offensively).
Hank Conger would have been the obvious choice, but the switch-hitter has been on the triple-A disabled list because of a strained elbow. He hasn’t played since mid-April and hasn't begun throwing yet during rehabilitation. Robinzon Diaz and John Hester have been catching at Salt Lake.

Diaz is the better hitter of the two triple-A catchers, but opponents have been successful on 13 of 14 stolen-base attempts against him. Hester has been with Salt Lake for only a week after being released by Baltimore's triple-A club. He's the better defender but is unfamiliar with the Angels' big league pitchers.

Update: The Angels will call up C John Hester from AAA Salt Lake for the weekend series in Texas, may God have mercy on his soul.

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