Conger will catch and bat eighth in the order during the Diamondbacks' Cactus League game Tuesday against the Mariners, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports. Conger's presence in the lineup for the first time during Cactus League play indicates that he's no longer bothered by the oblique injury, but he's already been ruled out of consideration for an Opening Day roster spot due to the extensive action he missed. He's expected to serve as organizational catching depth at Triple-A Reno after he was formally reassigned to minor-league camp Monday.
Conger (oblique) was reassigned to the Diamondbacks' minor-league camp Monday. Conger will remain with the big club through the end of spring training, but with the Diamondbacks set to proceed with Chris Iannetta and Jeff Mathis as their two catchers, the 28-year-old will have to settle for duties with Triple-A Reno. The veteran backstop has been sidelined all spring with a strained right oblique and is still awaiting his Cactus League debut.
Conger is dealing with a strained right oblique and will sit out from spring training activities, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. It's an unfortunate break for Conger, who signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks earlier this month. The 29-year-old catcher hit just .194 in 49 games for Tampa Bay last season and is expected to serve as organizational depth for the D-Backs out of spring training.
Conger agreed to a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. The 29-year-old struggled with the Rays last season, hitting just .194/.265/.306 in 137 plate appearances. He didn't fare much better in Triple-A, either, as he slashed .165/.200/.303 across 116 plate appearances. He'll likely serve as organizational depth in 2017.
Conger was designated for assignment by the Rays on Monday. Conger's disappointing performance with Tampa Bay has continued to regress at Triple-A Durham. After playing 30 games with Durham, he's built an awful .165/.200/.303 line, with every category being significantly worse than his MLB marks of .194/.265/.306.
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