While it initially appeared that catcher Geovany Soto could be heading out of town as the result of a trade, Los Angeles Angels’ general manager Billy Eppler has confirmed otherwise. According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, Eppler told reporters that Soto was scratched from Sunday’s lineup against the Chicago White Sox due to discomfort in his left knee.
In the absence of the veteran catcher, the Angels will be forced to turn to Jett Bandy behind the plate against the White Sox. The 26-year-old has already appeared in 23 games for the Angels this season while producing a .265 batting average over that span.
It is also worth mentioning that fellow catcher Carlos Perez was not yanked from the lineup for Triple-A Salt Lake City as it appears that Soto will not head to the 15-day disabled list just yet.
The 33-year-old veteran catcher is currently in the midst of his first season as a member of the Angels after also spending time with the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics and White Sox. Appearing in 22 games while in Los Angeles, Soto has received just 67 at bats in 2016 en route to a .284 batting average.
He has also added three home runs, eight RBI and a respectable .333 on-base percentage this season.
Entering play on Sunday against the White Sox, the Angels will be sporting the worst record in the American League West division behind a mark of 39-52. While sitting in last place in the divisional standings, the Angels currently trail the first-place Rangers by a whopping 14.5 games.