Catching prospect Conger on DL with elbow injury

Catching prospect Conger on DL with elbow injury

ST. PETERSBURG -- Angels catching prospect Hank Conger was recently placed on the seven-day Minor League disabled list with a right elbow injury.

"Just a light sprain in the elbow," Conger said via text message on Wednesday night. "I'll be good. Should be back in a couple of weeks. Nothing serious."

Conger, the best backstop in the Angels' Minor League system, batted .295 and made some strides with his throwing -- the one area he has to shore up before being deemed an everyday big league catcher -- through 18 Spring Training games.

In 13 games before suffering the injury, the 24-year-old switch-hitter was batting .357 with two homers and eight RBIs for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees.

John Hester, a 28-year-old with 53 games of big league experience who was signed to a Minor League deal recently, will split the catching duties with Robinzon Diaz until Conger returns.