The Los Angeles Angels' disabled list just keeps getting more crowded as they will be without their catcher. Geovany Soto has a torn meniscus and will require surgery. As a result, he will be out four-to-six weeks.
With Soto on the disabled list, the Angels made a corresponding move to call-up Jett Bandy from Triple-A Salt Lake. The 26-year old has had two plate appearances at the major league level so far. In his 450 AAA plate appearances, Bandy has slashed a respectable .286/.339/.452.
Soto has failed to live up to the lofty expectations following his excellent 2008 NL Rookie of the Year campaign with the Chicago Cubs. Over the last three seasons, Soto has spent time with four different teams: the Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox, and Angels. Since 2012 to present, Soto has hit 12 percent worse than the league average by wRC+.
That being said, Soto was off to a nice start with his new team, slashing .283/.338/.483 in 67 plate appearances, splitting time with Carlos Perez. Perez, who has barely had the lion's share of catching duties, was hitting much worse than Soto and 75 percent worse than the league average by wRC+. Perez is now the likely incumbent for the starting job, though if his woes at the plate continue, Bandy could get some starts.
Soto joins Craig Gentry, Andrew Heaney, Daniel Nava, Cliff Pennington, Cory Rasmus, Garrett Richards, Andrelton Simmons, Huston Street, and C.J. Wilson on the disabled list. In short, the Angels have had more than their share of injury trouble this season, and with each missed day their postseason odds seem to drop even further.