Bobby Wilson placed on DL with concussion, Angels call up Hank Conger

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Bobby Wilson is the latest player put on the special seven-day disabled list for concussions after the Angels catcher experienced dizziness and had to leave Monday’s game following a foul tip to the mask.

Wilson has a history of concussions and told Alden Gonzalez of that he felt “fatigued” and “drowsy” the next morning, at which point the Angels put him on the DL and called up catching prospect Hank Conger from Triple-A.

Conger has been on the DL himself after missing a month in the minors with an elbow strain. It’s unfortunate that it took Wilson suffering a concussion for Conger to get an extended opportunity in the majors, but the 24-year-old former first-round pick has certainly deserved a chance after hitting .305 with 18 homers and an .854 OPS in 152 career games at Triple-A.

Ryan Zimmerman’s spring training has been . . . weird

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Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has played in exactly one Grapefruit league game this year, and that was way back on March 2. Since then he has been totally absent from the Nats’ big league spring games, playing instead on the back fields in sim games and in minor league contests.

While that’s not an unusual course of action for an injured or rehabbing player, both Zimmerman and the Nationals insist that there is nothing wrong with him. Per this report from MASN’s Mark Zuckerman, they’re saying that Zimmerman “simply prefers to get his work done in the more controlled environment of minor league games, where the rules are lax.” He doesn’t have to dive for balls, he can lead off every inning, etc. Manager Dave Martinez says Zimmerman simply doesn’t like the usual spring training grind and that this is working for him so he’s fine with it too.

Are you buyin’ that? Not sure I’m buyin’ that.

I suppose weirder things have happened. The Minnesota Twins once let Jack Morris go back to his farm in between starts rather than stay with the club. Other accommodations have been made for veterans, especially in spring training. But this is way more in keeping with a team hiding an injury. Though I have no idea why the Nats would choose to hide an injury to Zimmerman. They’ve talked at length about Daniel Murphy‘s knees and Adam Eaton‘s seemingly never-ending rehab. If Zimmerman has some aches and pains, you’d think they’d talk about it.

On the other hand, if this is a legit story and it is simply an accommodation for a veteran who doesn’t like the normal spring training grind, look for Zimmerman to be a trailblazer, because there are a LOT of dudes who hate spring training too and would love to change things up like this.