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 recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday. Briceno will serve as the team's backup catcher down the stretch after starter Rene Rivera was traded to the Braves earlier in the week. The 25-year-old owns a solid .291/.333/.430 slash line with three homers through 30 games with the Angels this season.
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.
Briceno is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Padres. Briceno will retreat to the bench after catching all 10 innings during Monday's series-opening win, going 2-for-4 with a double and home run. Francisco Arcia will start behind the dish and hit fifth.
Briceno will start at catcher and bat ninth Sunday against the Indians, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Though he'll be behind the plate in the series finale, Briceno seems to have fallen behind the hot-hitting Francisco Arcia on the depth chart at catcher. Even if Briceno recaptures primary duties at the position, he's not expected to provide much impact at the plate after compiling an underwhelming .240/.290/.370 line over 556 career games in the minors prior to his May 20 promotion to the big leagues.