Angels’ catcher conundrum: veteran Iannetta or rookie Perez

Carlos Perez didn’t make it any easier to insert Chris Iannetta into the Angels’ lineup Thursday night.

While Iannetta’s .080 August batting average dropped to 0.71 in his only start of the eight games preceding Thursday’s series finale with the White Sox, the Angels’ other catcher headed in the opposite direction.

Perez punctuated his 8-for-21 performance over those game eight games by going 2 for 3 Wednesday with the decisive home run in a 1-0 win.

Despite a 3-for-43 slump, Angels manager Mike Scioscia inserted Iannetta in the starting lineup on Thursday. One reason for Angels manager’s optimism was “a productive one-on-one session” for the catcher with hitting coach Don Baylor last week in Kansas City.

“It’s just a matter of trying to find his timing, trying to find his rhythm in the box,” Scioscia said. “Obviously he’s gone the other way his last 30 at bats, but hopefully he can get back on track because he’s a better offensive player than he’s shown.”

Iannetta’s batting average has dropped 25 points since July 22 to .180 while Perez’s has climbed 17 points to .231 over that span.

“We’re not going to shy away from either one of those guys,” Scioscia said, “and certainly not Carlos because he’s a rookie.”

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