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.
The Rays have optioned Conger to Triple-A Durham, Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 28-year-old was hitting .194/.265/.306 for the Rays in 124 at-bats. This move leaves Curt Casali as the only catcher left on the Tampa Bay roster, so expect a subsequent move in the coming days.
Conger is out of the lineup Wednesday, 620 WDAE's Steve Carney reports. Conger has been getting the slight edge in playing time at catcher for the Rays lately, but he is not starting enough to be viable in shallower formats. Curt Casali will start at catcher and hit ninth Wednesday.