Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Chris Iannetta needs wrist surgery

by Tim Heaney on May 10, 2012 @ 16:20:40 PDT


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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Hank Conger
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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be without catcher Chris Iannetta, who's in the midst of a disappointing offensive campaign, for six to eight weeks. He'll require surgery on his right wrist, which he reportedly injured while catching Jered Weaver's no-hitter last week.

This gives Bobby Wilson a shot at everyday at-bats. Think of him as another A.J. Ellis: plenty of walks and maybe a smidge of power, but not much else to augment his value in single-universe, two-catcher games. Robinzon Diaz and John Hester will be considered for a call-up from Triple-A Salt Lake as the backup but are not worth fantasy attention unless they show some semblance of plate skills.

The real interest will come whenever Hank Conger (strained right elbow) comes off the farm seven-day disabled list. He hasn't begun throwing yet and would probably need a few games down there to get going before he's recalled. He was hitting .357-2-8 in 56 at-bats and, upon arrival, should earn a look as second mixed backstop if Iannetta still has a ways to go before returning.

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