Chris Iannetta C LAA 2 days ago

Iannetta is not in the lineup Saturday against the Giants, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

Iannetta, who is stuck in a miserable 1-for-33 slump, will sit in favor of Drew Butera. The two players have alternated starts behind the plate for roughly the past two weeks and it seems likely that they will continue to do so for now.

Chris Iannetta C LAA 4 days ago

Iannetta is not in the lineup Thursday, the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reports.

He was in Wednesday's lineup following a stretch where he missed three of five games, but he will get yet another day off Thursday. Considering he is hitting just .093 it makes sense that Iannetta is starting to really lose out on playing time. Drew Butera will get the start in his place Thursday.

Chris Iannetta C LAA 5 days ago

Iannetta is not in the lineup Tuesday against the A's, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.

Apparently, Iannetta's absence is in part due to a cut on his hand suffered after slamming a bat, but mostly because of the season-long slump (5-for-50) that prompted the bat slamming. Drew Butera will catch and bat eighth.

Chris Iannetta C LAA 1 week ago

Iannetta is out of the lineup Saturday.

This is just a standard day off and Drew Butera will get the start behind the dish in his place.

Chris Iannetta C LAA 2 weeks ago

Iannetta is out of the lineup Wednesday against the A's.

Iannetta will head to the bench after three straight starts as Drew Butera steps in behind the plate and bats eighth. With just one hit in his last 19 at-bats, Iannetta is now batting .114/.220/.136 through 50 plate appearances this season.

Chris Iannetta C LAA 2 weeks ago

Iannetta is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.

Iannetta will get a regular day of rest, with Drew Butera set to man the backstop in his place. Iannetta had started the previous six games for the Angels, and Butera will be making just his second start of the year.

Chris Iannetta C LAA 3 weeks ago

Iannetta is out of the lineup Saturday.

Drew Butera gets the start behind the dish Saturday as Iannetta gets his first day off of 2015. Look for him to be back in the Angels' lineup Sunday for the series finale against Yordano Ventura and the Royals.

Chris Iannetta C LAA 4 weeks ago

Iannetta went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

Iannetta figures to serve as the club's primary catching option this season, slotting in toward the bottom of the lineup in each of the team's first two games. The 32-year-old is just 1-for-6 with three strikeouts thus far, but shouldn't face much competition offsenively from backup Drew Butera who slashed just .188/.267/.288 in 61 major league games in 2014.

Chris Iannetta C LAA 2 months ago

Iannetta is expected to start "Anywhere from 100 to 115" games behind the plate in 2015, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.

A total in that range would exceed the 95 games he started last season, but with no real room to get him in the lineup as a DH, Iannetta's lack of time on the field will likely limit his fantasy value. It should be noted that the backup candidates at catcher for the Angels in 2015 likely won't offer the the offensive upside of Iannetta's .373 OBP last season, so his usage could conceivably vary based on need.

Chris Iannetta C LAA 7 months ago

Iannetta went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Royals on Thursday.

Iannetta made quite an impression Thursday, as he took Jason Vargas deep in the first postseason at-bat of his career. Iannetta hit lefties well this season, tallying an .880 OPS in 114 at-bats, but there is no word yet if he will get the nod against right-hander Yordano Ventura on Friday.