Mathis, Wilson to share catching duties

Mathis, Wilson to share catching duties

Mathis, Wilson to share catching duties
DETROIT -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia is not one to overreact to one game's performance, and that is not the case as he plans to have Bobby Wilson, Ervin Santana's batterymate in his no-hit masterwork on Wednesday, share the catching job with veteran Jeff Mathis for the immediate future.

This was Scioscia's intent when the club sent rookie Hank Conger to Triple-A Salt Lake to refine a few things, elevating Wilson from the No. 3 role to backup to Mathis.

"He's going to play," Scioscia said of Wilson, whose start on Wednesday was his 10th of the season, compared to 53 by Mathis and 42 by Conger. "From a defensive aspect, I don't think you could ask much more from what those guys are doing -- game plan, catching the ball well, blocking well.

"I joked about it after the game, but that [wild pitch] that got away from Bobby [accounting for Cleveland's unearned run in the first inning] was a backup slider in the ground. That's a tough pitch to block."

Scioscia wouldn't commit to a particular formula, but it seems clear that one way to go would be to have Mathis catch Dan Haren, Jered Weaver and Joel Pineiro, with Wilson handling Santana and Tyler Chatwood.

Those pairings match up with past performances and would keep both catchers fresh, with occasional revisions. The way the rotation is currently set up, the only back-to-back games would be by Mathis with Haren and Weaver.

Wilson would have a day between Santana and Chatwood, alleviating concerns Scioscia might have about his durability, given that Wilson hasn't played regularly in the Major Leagues.

"I have a lot of confidence in Bobby, defensively," Scioscia said. "The question is stamina. I don't know yet. Right now, it's going to be shared. They're both doing an excellent job on the defensive side. On the offensive side, we need more production from our catchers, obviously."

Mathis is batting .183 with 175 at-bats; Wilson is at .182 in 44 at-bats.