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MLB Injury News:
Hank Conger was lucky not to suffer a fractured hand after a fouled off bunt attempt. The Los Angeles Angels' 25-year old catcher was seen with his hand heavily wrapped after last night's game, but fortunately, the diagnosis is just a bruise.
Hank Conger had his right hand heavily wrapped after foul bunt, but said he's fine. No broken bones. Just bruising. #Angels
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) August 21, 2013
Conger suffered the injury when he attempted a squeeze bunt in the 10th inning. He squared up to bunt and was hit on the knuckles when the pitch came in. Since he offered at the pitch, Conger was not awarded first base. Instead, he was awarded a strike. The Angels went on to lose the game 4-1 in 14 innings.
The Angels have had a revolving door at catcher lately. Conger is the latest player to get significant playing time behind the plate, but he is playing well enough to keep the job longer. However, Chris Iannetta is still platooning with Conger. Conger has played 68 games at catcher. Iannetta was only able to manage 30 games this season.
Conger is hitting .248/.306/.430 on the season. His OPS puts him above league average, and his defense makes him the favorite over Iannetta. While manager Mike Scioscia has defended Iannetta in the past, there has been concerns over his ability to throw out runners. Conger presents less of a concern.
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