UPDATE: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Mathis is expected to miss at least six weeks with the injury.
Tuesday, 9:19 PM: The Angels have placed catcher Jeff Mathis on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.
Mathis suffered the injury when he attempted to block a ball in the dirt during eighth inning of Monday’s game against the Tigers.
“I saw the replay. His hand really wasn’t in the position it needed to
be. It needs to be behind the glove,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Jeff blocks the ball extremely well – as
well as any catcher in baseball. It was just a freak thing that his hand
was there in a position where it usually isn’t.”
Mathis had become Scioscia’s preferred option behind the plate over Mike Napoli, starting 10 of the season’s first 14 games. Though Scioscia wanted him for his defense, Mathis was off to an 11-for-34 (.324) start with the bat, burying Napoli even further. He even had a 10-game hitting streak under his belt.
It isn’t yet known how long the injury will keep Mathis on the shelf, but now Napoli will become the primary catcher, with Bobby Wilson backing him up.