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Scioscia: Iannetta's injury 'a big loss'

5/11/2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing a 40-minute surgical procedure Friday in Los Angeles to repair a broken bone in his right wrist. Iannetta’s wrist problem dates to the second inning of Jered Weaver’s no-hitter on May 2 when he was struck by a pitch thrown by Minnesota’s Liam Hendriks.

Iannetta finished that game and played in four more subsequent games, going hitless.

“It’s a big loss,’’ said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, “but it could have been worse. At least, we should get him back for the lion’s share of the season.

“We need to get him back behind the plate for our pitching.’’

Bobby Wilson will catch Friday’s opener of a three-game series with the Rangers.

“Wilson caught three straight games last week and it didn’t seem to be a problem,’’ Scioscia said.

Catcher John Hester, signed by the organization less than a month ago, has been promoted from Triple-A Salt Lake City to fill Iannetta’s roster spot.

Before the injury, Iannetta showed some pop with three home runs, just one off the team lead.