Angels catcher Hank Conger will miss at least two to four weeks to rehab a slight tear labrum tear in his right shoulder. If the rehab is not successful, Conger could miss the 2008 season to have shoulder surgery.
A switch hitter, Conger said swinging from either side doesn’t bother him, but he cannot throw and will remain in extended spring training for a few weeks instead of heading to (high) Class A.
Conger, the Angels’ No. 4 prospect and their first-rounder in 2006, hasn’t been durable since he signed with the Angels. He missed six weeks last year with lower-back and hamstring problems, then missed instructional league with more hamstring issues. He missed most of his first year as a pro with a broken hamate bone in his right wrist. Conger hit .290/.336/.472 in 320 plate appearances last year with low Class A Cedar Rapids as a 19-year-old.