Iannetta on DL; Hester takes his place on roster
The Angels, as expected, called up catcher John Hester to take Chris Iannetta‘s place on the roster. Iannetta was set to undergo wrist surgery on Friday, which is expected to put him out 6-8 weeks, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Angels.
With Iannetta out, it’ll be backup Bobby Wilson doing most of the catching, with Hester serving as his backup. The Angels, a source said, aren’t actively seeking outside catching help and will go with internal options for now.
Hester, signed to a Minor League deal in late April, played in 53 Major League games with the Diamondbacks from 2009-10, putting up a .220/.294/.366 slash line.
The 28-year-old right-handed hitter spent 2011 with the Triple-A affiliates of the D-backs and Orioles, batting .252 with six homers and 30 RBIs in 92 games. This year, he was batting .266 with two homers and six RBIs in 18 games for the Triple-A affiliates of the O’s and Angels (eight of his games came for the Angels’ Triple-A Salt Lake Bees).
Young catcher Hank Conger was not an option to be called up because he’s still on the disabled list with a right elbow injury. Conger, 24, is in the early stages of his throwing program and isn’t expected to return to action for a couple of weeks. He last played April 21.