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Angels: Three options for an expanded roster

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Jo Adell, Los Angeles Angels, (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Jo Adell, Los Angeles Angels, (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 18: Catcher Anthony Bemboom #48 of the Los Angeles Angels puts the tag on Jon Jay #45 of the Chicago White Sox at home plate for the third out in the sixth inning of the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2019 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the White Sox 9-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 18: Catcher Anthony Bemboom #48 of the Los Angeles Angels puts the tag on Jon Jay #45 of the Chicago White Sox at home plate for the third out in the sixth inning of the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2019 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the White Sox 9-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Another Catching

It is believed that when the baseball season returns, teams will pick up on their original 2020 schedule, potentially adding games in October, or even November. Another way they could make up lost games is by playing doubleheaders, perhaps as often as twice per week. More games in a tighter timeframe means catching duties become more arduous. A third catcher could be required.

The Angels were set to begin the season with newly-acquired Jason Castro handling the majority of reps behind the plate, with Max Stassi acting as his back-up and potential right-handed replacement. Anthony Bemboom was optioned to Triple-A earlier in the spring, but he could find himself back with the Angels given the new situation.

Bemboom played in 25 games last season between Tampa Bay and Anaheim (sorry, I still have trouble saying Los Angeles). His short time in the majors was unspectacular, to say the least. He hit an anemic .130, drawing only one walk in 54 plate appearances. However, Bemboom wouldn’t be on the club to swing the bat. He offers an extra catching mitt on the bench to spell Castro and Stassi and give the manager more flexibility in managing lineups during doubleheaders.

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