BALTIMORE -- Angels catcher Geovany Soto has been activated from the disabled list and is expected to start the Angels' final game before the All-Star break Sunday against the Orioles.Soto has not played since May 17 after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee. The 33-year-old hit
BALTIMORE -- Angels catcher Geovany Soto has been activated from the disabled list and is expected to start the Angels' final game before the All-Star break Sunday against the Orioles.
Soto has not played since May 17 after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee. The 33-year-old hit .217 in six rehab appearances with Triple-A Salt Lake City and caught back-to-back games before rejoining the Angels.
"Geo will obviously be welcome on our team, and he'll be a big addition, but we certainly have to be careful with his workload right now," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Soto had a slash line of .283/.338/.483 with three homers and 7 RBIs before going on the DL. Carlos Perez -- the Angels' Opening Day starting catcher -- was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Soto on the roster. Rookie Jett Bandy will remain with the Angels and could see more playing time during the second half of the season.
"It boils down to this," Scioscia said, "Carlos has to play to get his bat back to where it needs to be. So he needs to be down there playing and finding his stroke."
Perez is hitting .204 this season, while Bandy has hit .279 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 21 games since joining the Halos in mid-May.
"At the plate, he's a threat," Scioscia said of Bandy. "He swings the bat well, he's got pop and he's been hitting really well against left-handed pitching his whole career, so that's something that can help him contribute."
Remaining with the big club is also a confidence booster for Bandy, 26, who appeared in just two career big league games before being recalled in May.
"That's what you work hard for, that's what you strive for," Bandy said. "It's a good feeling for sure."
Bandy said he is growing more comfortable working with the Angels' pitching staff, which Scioscia has noticed.
"Jett brings a great presence back there," Scioscia said. "He receives lots of throws very well. I think that as a young catcher, he does things that you want to see from young catchers, as far as how he's helping a pitcher execute his pitches. … I think he's shown the ability to make some adjustments, he's understanding our pitchers' stuff better as he gets acclimated and catching them multiple times."
Ben Raby is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.