Briceno was optioned to the Angels' alternate training site Sunday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
With Max Stassi (knee) rejoining the active roster, Briceno's services were no longer needed at the big-league level. Briceno has appeared in just two games this season, recording one base knock in six trips to the plate.
Briceno's contract was selected by the Angels on Monday.
The 27-year-old backstop had a 108 wRC+ at Triple-A in 2018 and a 54 wRC+ at that level a season ago. He also hit .239/.299/.385 with five home runs in 128 plate appearances in the majors for the Angels in 2018. With Max Stassi (quadriceps) on the IL and Jason Castro dealt to the Padres, it will be Anthony Bemboom and Briceno who handle the catching duties in the short term.
Briceno (shoulder) will be part of the Angels' 60-man roster.
Briceno, who is not on the 40-man roster, is one of five catchers currently listed in the team's 60-man player pool. The 27-year-old recorded 128 plate appearances in the majors in 2018 (.239/.299/.385), but he did not see action at the highest level last season. That was due largely to a shoulder injury that limited him to just 22 games for Triplle-A Salt Lake. Briceno will now get a chance to continue any necessary rehab with the big-league club, though it's expected that Jason Castro and Max Stassi will serve as the primary catchers once the regular season begins.
Briceno (shoulder) could garner big-league playing time as a result of expanded rosters if a 2020 season is played, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Though Jason Castro and Max Stassi are expected to open a potential 2020 campaign as the Angels' top two options at catcher, the likelihood of expanded rosters could provoke a desire for additional depth behind the plate. Any backstop promotion would likely come down to Briceno or Anthony Bemboom, with Briceno wielding a more powerful bat and Bemboom exhibiting superior plate discipline.
Briceno has not played in a game since Feb. 26 due to a right shoulder issue, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
News of the shoulder problem is particularly concerning since Briceno was limited to 22 games in Triple-A last season due to issues with the same shoulder. Pending recovery, he is expected to open the campaign back in the minors.
Briceno (shoulder) will start at catcher and bat eighth in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers.
Briceno made his spring debut in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Brewers, entering the contest behind starting catcher Anthony Bemboom. The 27-year-old will now get his first start of the Cactus League slate, signaling that he's fully healthy again after missing much of the 2019 campaign with a strained shoulder. The backstop is attending camp as a non-roster invitee and is expected to open the upcoming season at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Briceno (shoulder) signed a contract with the Angels on Friday which includes an invitation to spring training.
The terms of the contract are not yet known, though the backstop will begin camp with the big-league club. He was released by the Angels at the beginning of August and figures to serve as organizational depth during the 2020 campaign, assuming he's healthy.
Briceno (shoulder) was released by the Angels on Thursday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
In a corresponding move, the Angels reclaimed pitcher Adalberto Mejia off waivers and released Briceno to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. In 22 games with Triple-A Salt Lake this season, the 26-year-old hit .215 with four homers and 17 runs batted in. Briceno has been out with a shoulder strain since May 20.
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 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.
Briceno will start at catcher and bat ninth Sunday against the Mariners, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Briceno moved up a rung on the depth chart after Gold Glove-winning backstop Martin Maldonado was traded to the Astros on Wednesday. The 25-year-old is regarded as a defense-first backstop and appears slated to split time behind the dish with the newly recalled Francisco Arcia.
Briceno went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to Detroit.
It was Briceno's second start since being called up May 20, and he has now homered in both of those appearances. The rookie backstop did have a throwing error in his previous start, which is a reminder that he is unlikely to unseat the defensive wizard, Martin Maldonado, in a starting role, even given the latter's offensive struggles throughout his career. Briceno, however, could play his way into sticking around as the club's primary backup even after Rene Rivera (knee) returns in four to six weeks.
Briceno went 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Saturday's 11-4 win over the Yankees.
Making his first appearance in a big-league game after his promotion last weekend, Briceno had an incredible debut in the hallowed grounds of Yankee Stadium. The 25-year-old's performance wasn't exactly flawless -- he committed a throwing error and got thrown out at second base on an awkward slide trying to turn his single into a double -- but those miscues pale in comparison to his career firsts. Considering he managed only a .554 OPS last season in 95 games between Double-A and Triple-A, however, Saturday's big night seems unlikely to be repeated any time soon.
Briceno had his contract selected by the Angels on Sunday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Briceno will make his way to the majors after spending the first part of the 2018 season with Triple-A Salt Lake, where he hit .261 with six homers over 92 plate appearances. The 25-year-old has yet to appear in a major-league game and will likely be utilized as a reserve catcher during his stint in the bigs following Rene Rivera's placement on the disabled list.
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|2013||R-Grand Junction Rocki||36||153||32||51||16||0||9||30||5||30||8||2||.333||.356||.614|
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|2018||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||29||112||22||31||5||0||8||25||4||22||3||0||.277||.297||.536|
|2019||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||22||79||8||17||3||0||4||17||3||20||2||0||.215||.262||.405|