ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels placed catcher Jeff Mathis on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a broken right wrist and recalled utility infielder Robb Quinlan from Triple-A Salt Lake.
Mathis was injured in the eighth inning of Monday night's 2-0 win over Detroit when he attempted to block a pitch in the dirt from reliever Kevin Jepsen with his throwing hand. Mathis finished the game, but manager Mike Scioscia wasn't too optimistic about the situation afterward.
Mathis was examined Tuesday by Dr. Lewis Yocum, who gave him the bad news. The catcher is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
The Angels had been carrying three catchers, including Bobby Wilson, who will now back up Mike Napoli. Quinlan also can be used as an emergency catcher.
Mathis has hit safely in all 10 games he's started, the longest hitting streak of his career. He is 11 for 34 (.324) overall with a home run and three RBIs.
In last year's AL championship series against the Yankees, Mathis had a hit in six consecutive plate appearances — including a game-winning double in the 11th inning of Game 3 — and finished the postseason batting .534 while sharing the catching duties with Napoli.