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Catching switch: Conger recalled

6/5/2012

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.