Catching switch: Conger recalled

June, 5, 2012
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ANAHEIM -- After taking a foul tip off the mask Monday night, Angels catcher Bobby Wilson was feeling woozy.

"After the second inning, I felt like I could fall asleep right there behind home plate," Wilson said.

The team decided not to take any chances and put Wilson on the seven-day concussion list Tuesday and recalled switch hitter Hank Conger from Triple-A Salt Lake. Conger was in the starting lineup catching minor-league teammate Garrett Richards.

Wilson's most recent concussion came in April of 2010, after he was barreled over in a violent collision with the New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira while making his first major-league start. Wilson said he's thinking of switching from the lightweight, titanium mask he's now wearing to a heavier mask that will absorb more of the impact of a foul tip. He said the ball hit him squarely between the highs.

Conger, a former first-round draft pick, had just come off the disabled list Thursday after missing six weeks with a sprained right elbow. He was batting .338 with two home runs, 11 RBIs and a .372 on-base percentage at Triple-A. Conger, 24, is a .204 lifetime hitter in 206 major-league at-bats.

Wilson, who assumed primary catching duties when Chris Iannetta went on the DL to undergo wrist surgery, was batting .171. Iannetta is expected back in about two weeks.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jered Weaver
WINS ERA SO IP
18 3.52 164 207
OTHER LEADERS
BAH. Kendrick .292
HRM. Trout 35
RBIM. Trout 110
RM. Trout 113
OPSM. Trout .949
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOG. Richards 164