Saturday, April 3, 2010


Angels buck trend, keep three catchers

04/03/10 10:00 PM ET

ANAHEIM -- The Angels announced their Opening Day roster after their final exhibition game on Saturday, and it includes Bobby Wilson as a third catcher, infielder Robb Quinlan and outfielder Terry Evans.

Wilson and Evans, who are both out of options, will be Opening Day Angels for the first time, while Quinlan made the final cut as the club's utility player over fellow non-roster invitees Cory Aldridge and Michael Ryan, both of whom had impressive springs.

As for Evans, who batted .271 this spring and belted 26 homers at Triple-A last season, he was more of a lock to make the club, considering the fact that he was out of options and that the club placed outfielder Reggie Willits on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Evans, 28, also had the edge, because he has the ability to play center field, while Ryan, 32, and Aldridge, 30, can only play the corner-outfield positions.

"Terry is a legitimate center fielder who can play all three," Scioscia said. "He's a versatile guy, and that's important to us right now."


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