The hits just keep on coming for the Los Angeles Angels: catcher Chris Iannetta will require surgery on his wrist, and will miss 6-8 weeks. Iannetta was plunked on May 2nd (the day of Jered Weaver’s no-hitter), and after three days off, attempted to play through the injury. It didn’t work. Iannetta had a .706 OPS on the season with three homers.
Here’s the bad news for the Angels: prospect Hank Conger down in AAA is also on the DL with a sprained elbow, and apparently isn’t ready to be called up. The Angels’ best choices at the catching position right now are Iannetta’s backup Bobby Wilson (who has a .522 OPS and no extra base hits in 30 appearances this season), minor league stalwart Robinzon Diaz down in AAA Salt Lake (.705 OPS), and Diaz’s backup John Hester (.746 OPS between Norfolk and Salt Lake).
Just when you think things couldn’t get worse for the Angels, they have. I don’t think a trade will be in play here due to the presence of Conger, even if he’s injured at the moment. The Angels acquired Iannetta this offseason in a trade with the Rockies for pitcher Tyler Chatwood, Iannetta has a club option for the 2013 season, but it can be voided by Iannetta since he was traded. With this injury, and Conger hopefully around once his elbow heals up, I don’t think that Iannetta will be an Angel in 2013.
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[h/t: Hardball Talk]