Briceno (shoulder) is expected to remain sidelined at Triple-A Salt Lake for "a while" longer, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Salt Lake placed Briceno on its 7-day injured list back on May 20 with a strained shoulder and it doesn't sound like he's made much meaningful progress while being shut down over the past three weeks. Briceno's ongoing absence depletes the Angels' catching depth in the high minors, but it's unlikely to impact the big club so long as Jonathan Lucroy and Kevan Smith both maintain health.
Briceno was placed on the minor-league injured list Monday with a shoulder strain, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Briceno hasn't found much success at Triple-A Salt Lake this season since losing out on the backup catching job to Kevan Smith in spring training, as he is slashing .218/.265/.410 in 21 games.
Briceno was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday. The move means Kevan Smith will be the backup catcher behind Jonathan Lucroy. Briceno has played 35 games at the Triple-A level, hitting .273/.300/.500.
Briceno hit a walk-off solo home run Monday against the Rangers in his only plate appearance. Briceno took Matt Moore deep in the 11th inning to record his fifth home run of the season. He doesn't get regular at-bats stuck behind Francisco Arcia on the depth chart at catcher, but he made the most of his plate appearance Monday and now has two homers in as many days.
Briceno was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. Briceno was shuttled to the minors to clear a roster spot for Rene Rivera, who was activated from the disabled list in a corresponding move. The backstop hit a solid .291/.333/.430 across 30 games with the Angels.