Reports: Angels seeking alternative to Hank Conger.

According to multiple reports, the Angels are seeking help for their backup catcher position. Hank Conger is the front-runner in camp, hitting .417 in Cactus League play, but his erratic throws to second base have given the team pause.

While Conger has pledged to straighten out the issue in time for Opening Day, it makes sense if the Angels are in the market for a better defensive alternative to starter Chris Iannetta.


The other catchers in camp are 29-year-old John Hester, who is on the 40-man roster and 32-year-old Luke Carlin, who isn’t. The two have combined to play 147 major-league games.

Colorado Rockies backstop Ramon Hernandez has been the subject of trade rumors. The Dodgers have a surplus of veterans in camp on minor-league details in Ramon Castro, Wilkin Castillo and Jesus Flores. David Ross, 35, is third on the Boston Red Sox’s depth chart and coming off an effective season as the Atlanta Braves’ backup. No one’s signed venerable veteran Matt Treanor, 37, who remains a free agent and hasn’t formally announced his retirement.

Also Saturday, Conger reportedly left the Angels’ 13-13 tie game against the Oakland A’s with a cramp in his left thumb.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.