Iannetta seeing bulk of playing time behind plate

Iannetta seeing bulk of playing time behind plate

BOSTON -- Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is having a solid offensive season, and now Hank Conger -- with just two hits since July 22 -- finds himself on the bench most nights.

The two have been in a timeshare for most of the season, with the right-handed-hitting Iannetta starting against lefties and the switch-hitting Conger starting against most righties. But Conger has started only six of 17 games this month, and has sat each of the last two games against opposing Red Sox right-handers.

"Chris is playing well, catching well," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Iannetta, who's second only to Mike Trout in-base percentage on the club and delivered the go-ahead RBI double in Tuesday's 4-3 win. "He's certainly earned the playing time."

But Conger also knows he needs to get things right in the batter's box.

With only a couple of hits in his last 31 at-bats, he's dropped his slash line to .219/.288/.323.

"It's just a matter of having a good, consistent swing path," Conger said. "That's really been the most important thing. As long as I can keep that, I think I'll be fine."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.