Catcher Wilson heads for weekend rehab stint

Catcher Wilson heads for weekend rehab stint

Catcher Wilson heads for weekend rehab stint
ANAHEIM -- The Angels are getting close to getting some depth back to their thin catching corps.

Manager Mike Scioscia said catcher Bobby Wilson, who has been out since June 4 after taking a foul tip to the mask, is going to play rehab games in Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday and Sunday before the team decides if he's ready to return.

"He had a good workout this afternoon, needs to get out there and just catch a little deeper into games and make sure he's showing no effects from that concussion," Scioscia said.

The Angels were extra safe with Wilson, considering he has a history of concussions. He went on the 15-day disabled list in April 2010 with a concussion after a collision with the Yankees' Mark Teixeira at home plate.

Chris Iannetta, who has been out since May 8 recovering from right wrist surgery, will be re-evaluated this week by the medical staff to see how much more throwing the catcher can handle.

Iannetta injured his wrist after getting hit by a pitch on May 2 against the Twins, the night he caught Jered Weaver's no-hitter, and caught only three games after that before having surgery.

"He's got enough throwing in him right now where it shouldn't take that long for him to get back to where he can start catching in rehab games," Scioscia said. "It will probably take about two or three workouts for him to feel good about where his arm is."

Even when Iannetta and Wilson were available, the Angels have gotten very limited offensive production out of the catcher's position. They rank 26th in the Majors in batting average (.207) and slugging percentage (.297) from catchers. The four home runs from catchers is tied for 20th in the league.

Before going on the DL, Iannetta had a .197 average with three home runs and Wilson had a .171 average with no homers. In only three games this season since his callup, Hank Conger is batting .300 (3-for-10) with one RBI.