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Angels lose Chris Iannetta for 6-8 weeks

May 10, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

Jered Weaver, Chris Iannetta AP

Bad news for the Halos: catcher Chris Iannetta needs wrist surgery and will miss 6-8 weeks, Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times reports.

Iannetta was injured while catching Jered Weaver in the no-hitter against the Twins on May 2 and didn’t start for three days afterwards. Since returning to the lineup, he’d gone 0-for-7 with a couple of walks, dropping his average from .220 to .197 and his OPS from .764 to .706.

The injury is really poorly timed for the Angels. Hank Conger, who would be the obvious choice to be called up to the majors and start in Iannetta’s place, is on the DL at Triple-A Salt Lake due to a sprained elbow. He was hitting .357/.390/.554 in 56 at-bats before getting hurt.

Until Conger is ready, the Angels will have to get by with Bobby Wilson and either Robinzon Diaz or John Hester behind the plate. Wilson has hit .222/.300/.222 in 27 at-bats as Iannetta’s backup this season. Diaz and Hester are minor league veterans without much in the way of offensive ability.

Meanwhile, Jeff Mathis, maybe the game’s worst hitter in his last couple of years as the Angels’ part-time catcher, has somehow managed to post a 1.050 OPS in his 20 at-bats with the Blue Jays thus far. Mike Scioscia is probably wishing he was still around right now.

  1. bigleagues - May 10, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    And without a press release no one would have noticed.

  2. bigleagues - May 10, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    BTW . . . if Jeff Mathis suddenly turns into a decent hitting Catcher, should anyone be surprised given what Napoli stated last year about the added scrutiny of being a backstop under Scioscia?

  3. db105 - May 10, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Maybe the catcher called up will hit well under the guidance of batting coach Mickey Hatcher. Mathis and Napoli seemed to have. Lol

  4. jaysfan64 - May 11, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    The immortal Robinzon Diaz… once traded for Jose Bautista…..

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