Iannetta aims to get back as soon as possible

Iannetta aims to get back as soon as possible

ANAHEIM -- Angels catcher Chris Iannetta, expected to be out 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery on his right wrist Friday, figured something was wrong while playing in three straight games last week.

"I couldn't really swing," he said. "There was no explosion. All I could do was cheat to swing the bat, try to get the head out. I swung at a lot of pitches I don't normally swing at, got pitches down the middle of the plate that I was tapping to short, things like that."

Iannetta stayed in the game after being plunked on the right hand on May 2 -- the night of Jered Weaver's no-hitter -- then was out of the lineup for three straight days, then started feeling better, then played in three in a row, then wasn't feeling right again.

An X-ray during the Angels' off-day on Thursday came up negative, but an ensuing CT scan showed he had shattered one of the bones in his wrist in three or four pieces and would need to go under the knife.

"It stinks," said Iannetta, now sporting a cast on his right hand. "I was hoping it was a bruise. I was hoping that it would continue to get better."

Now, all Iannetta can do is bide his time. He's not sure when the cast will come off, but is scheduled to make the team's upcoming road trip -- to San Diego, Oakland and Seattle -- and has been mostly limited to conditioning while Bobby Wilson receives the majority of the playing time behind the plate.

"You get paid to play, and when you can't play, it's tough," Iannetta said. "Nothing I can do about it now. Just be a good cheerleader and a good teammate, and work on getting back as fast as I can."