Bemboom's back recently "locked up," preventing the catcher from being able to play, Fabian Ardaya of The Athleticreports.
This information helps explain why the Angels did not go to Bemboom when starting catcher Max Stassi went on the seven-day injured list Thursday due to a concussion. It's unclear how long Bemboom has been dealing with the bad back or how much longer he'll be on the shelf, but the issue is substantial enough that the Angels traded for veteran Drew Butera on Friday to provide catching depth.
Bemboom was optioned to the alternate training site Wednesday.
He was serving as the backup catcher while Max Stassi was on the injured list, but with Stassi's activation Wednesday, Bemboom will return to the minors.
Bemboom was recalled prior to Tuesday's game in Kansas City.
Max Stassi (sprained thumb) hit the 10-day injured list, so Bemboom is coming up to serve as the No. 2 catcher in the short term while Kurt Suzuki moves atop the depth chart.
Bemboom is travelling with the Angels on their current road trip as part of the team's taxi squad, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
As the presumptive third catcher on the Angels' depth chart, Bemboom will likely be part of the taxi squad often this season. Should either Max Stassi or Kurt Suzuki go down with injury, Bemboom would be the logical replacement on the big-league roster.
Bemboom was optioned by the Angels on Wednesday.
Bemboom was not expected to break camp with the club and struggled at the plate this spring, slashing .150/.190/.150. He'll open the campaign in the minors with Max Stassi and Kurt Suzuki locked into the top two spots on the team's catching depth chart.
Bemboom is slashing .111/.158/.111 across nine Cactus League games.
The backstop has struck out only twice in 18 at-bats, but that's about the only positive that can be made of his stat line. Bemboom is third on the Angels' catching depth chart and is likely to open the season in the minors.
Bemboom went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Padres on Wednesday.
Bemboom got the start at catcher and slotted into the eighth spot in the order. He capped a three-homer third inning for the Angels with a solo shot to right field. The 30-year-old is slashing .217/.327/.435 with three homers in 57 plate appearances this season.
Bemboom went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 8-4 loss to the Rockies.
Bemboom's ninth-inning blast off Rockies closer Daniel Bard gave the Angels a short-lived 4-3 lead. The 30-year-old Bemboom now has two homers, three RBI and eight runs scored across 46 plate appearances this season.
Bemboom will start at catcher and will bat eighth Sunday against the Mariners.
Bemboom was expected to receive Sunday off, but he'll be in the lineup for a second straight contest after top backstop Jason Castro was scratched for an unspecified reason. In Saturday's 16-3 win, Bemboom was one of several Angels to enjoy a productive day at the dish, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
Bemboom went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a run-scoring walk in Thursday's loss to San Francisco.
Bemboom entered the game in the second inning after starter Max Stassi was forced to leave after suffering a right knee contusion. Bemboom took advantage of the opportunity, going deep to right field in the sixth inning and drawing a bases-loaded walk in the seventh. With Jason Castro recently returning to the lineup after missing multiple games due to a stiff neck, Bemboom was essentially serving as an emergency option as the team's third catcher, though he could now be in line for an occasional start if Stassi is forced to miss any time.
Bemboom was recalled by the Angels on Saturday, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
Bemboom will give the Angels added depth behind the plate, with Jason Castro dealing with a stiff neck. Castro remains day-to-day and was not placed on the injured list to create a spot for Bemboom, so it's possible Bemboom's stay on the active roster will be a short one. The 30-year-old hit just .130/.145/.204 in his 25-game debut last season.
Bemboom is not part of the Angels' 30-man roster.
Bemboom was a longshot to break camp with the club as he trails both Jason Castro and Max Stassi on the team's depth chart. However, Bemboom will travel with club as part of the team's three-man taxi squad, per Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
Bemboom may spend more time in the majors than expected if a 2020 season is played with expanded rosters, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Bemboom was optioned to Triple-A in mid-March and was expected to open the season in the minors before play was suspended. However, the likelihood of expanded rosters means that he could be used as catching depth behind Jason Castro and Max Stassi on the big-league squad. Though Bemboom's offensive skillset is limited, his potential to garner major-league playing time is aided by the injury histories of both backstops ahead of him on the depth chart.
Bemboom was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday.
Bemboom got a shot to compete for the backup catcher spot behind Jason Castro this spring, but he did not do enough to make the cut, putting up just a .690 OPS over 18 plate appearances. With Bemboom opening the season in the minors, Max Stassi is now on track to open the regular season as the Angels' No. 2 option behind the plate.
Bemboom was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.
Bemboom has gotten into 13 games for the Rays and Angels this season, struggling to a .185/.185/.333 slash line. He'll likely serve as the third catcher behind Max Stassi and Kevan Smith down the stretch.
Bemboom was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday.
Bemboom was sent down in conjunction with fellow catcher Kevan Smith returning from the injured list. In 22 at-bats with the Angels, Bemboom hit only .136 with one home run and three RBI while striking out nine times.
Bemboom went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a victory over the White Sox on Sunday.
In his final at-bat of the game, Bemboom launched a 422-foot shot to right field with a man aboard. The blast was his first major-league home run and just the fourth base hit of any kind in his career. Prior to joining the Angels on August 11, the 29-year-old had spent eight seasons in the minors, collecting 34 long balls in 497 games.
Bemboom is starting at catcher and batting eighth against the Pirates on Wednesday.
Bemboom will make his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday. Max Stassi, who has started the last three games at catcher, will get a breather. Bemboom has played in only four games at the major-league level this season, going 3-for-6 with a double and two runs batted in.
Bemboom was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Kevin Smith was placed on the injured list with back spasms, so the Angels needed to add a second healthy catcher. Max Stassi, who is starting Sunday, will likely get the majority of the playing time in the short term. Bemboom hit .410 with two home runs in 11 games with the Bees after getting traded from the Rays for cash in mid-July.
Bemboom was traded from the Rays to the Angels on Monday in exchange for cash considerations.
Bemboom made a brief appearance in the big leagues this season with the Rays, going 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI over three games. He was just activated from the 60-day injured list Monday after missing time with a left knee sprain, but he'll be ready to contribute with the Angels immediately. He'll likely begin his Angels career in the minors.
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|04/25||@ HOU||W 4-2||4||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|04/24||@ HOU||L 2-16||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/23||@ HOU||L 4-5||4||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|04/21||vs TEX||L 4-7||3||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|04/14||@ KC||L 1-6||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
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|2013||AFA-Inland Empire 66ers||23||75||4||12||1||0||1||7||4||19||0||0||.160||.222||.213|
|2014||AFA-Inland Empire 66ers||46||172||21||42||6||2||3||30||8||27||2||2||.244||.280||.355|
|2019||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||16||57||7||18||1||2||2||10||7||9||0||0||.316||.391||.509|
|2019||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||4||15||1||2||0||0||0||0||1||6||0||0||.133||.188||.133|