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Chris Iannetta Injury: Angels Catcher To Undergo Wrist Surgery, Miss 6-8 Weeks

The Angels will be without their starting catcher for the foreseeable future.

April 25, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Los Angeles Angels catcher Chris Iannetta (17) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
April 25, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Los Angeles Angels catcher Chris Iannetta (17) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Los Angeles Angels will be without their catcher for the foreseeable future. According to an official release from the club, Chris Iannetta will undergo surgery on his injured right wrist following an incident that took place on May 2.

He is expected to make a return in 6-8 weeks, and will need to play at least a few games during a Minor League rehab assignment in order to get back into the swing of things. Assuming there are no setbacks, a return by the All-Star Break in mid-July seems pretty likely.

Iannetta, who spent the previous six years with the Colorado Rockies, has struggled in the early going of the 2012 season. He is batting just .197 with an OPS of .706 on a club that has struggled to score many runs.

Surgery will be performed at Kerlan/Jobe Orthopedics in Los Angeles by Hand & Wrist Specialist Dr. Steven Shin.

For more on Iannetta's injury and the Angels, be sure to check out Halos Heaven.