CINCINNATI -- The Angels were able to put Hank Conger on the Opening Day roster and maintain their catching depth in the Minors on Monday, when Chris Snyder informed the team he would accept his assignment to Triple-A.
Snyder was signed on March 18, shortly after being released by the Nationals, to provide veteran insurance while Conger struggled with his throwing. Snyder could opt out of his Minor League deal if not on the Opening Day roster. Saturday, he was informed Conger -- having a hot spring at the plate and seemingly past his throwing issues -- would open the season as Chris Iannetta's backup.
Snyder, 32, said he would look for a Major League job elsewhere but knew he was unlikely to find one so close to Opening Day.
The Angels will now have three catchers on the Triple-A Salt Lake roster, with Snyder, John Hester and Luke Carlin rotating behind the plate, on the bench and at designated hitter. Snyder will also play some games at first base.
"I felt good, and they went with what they had in-house," Snyder said Saturday. "I have no complaints about that. I feel good, I'm healthy. I'm going to keep playing, wherever it is -- whether it's here in Salt Lake or if someone else needs it. But I'm by no means done."
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