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Angels have tough moves to make

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It is a good news-bad news situation for the Angels.

The good news is some of their injured players will be coming back soon. Shortstop Erick Aybar (oblique strain) should be activated Monday. Right-hander Joel Pineiro could start a rehab assignment later in the week. Lefty Scott Kazmir's situation is murkier.

But with each player's return, the Angels will have a difficult roster decision to make in order to make room.

"There's a lot of depth that could be forming on our roster," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're going to have some decisions to make and we're going to take everything one step at a time. The first thing on our plate is Aybar coming back."

The Angels are currently carrying 12 pitchers and three catchers (Jeff Mathis, Bobby Wilson and Hank Conger). One of those things would seemingly have to give in order to make room for Aybar.

Scioscia said in spring training that Conger would not be carried as a third catcher with limited playing time. The Angels preferred to have the prospect playing more frequently in Class AAA Salt Lake, continuing his learning curve.

But Conger has played well in his five starts (including consecutive games Wednesday and Friday) and has more offensive potential than either Mathis or Wilson.

"I don't think he is a third catcher right now," Scioscia said of Conger before Friday's 4-3 win in Chicago. "I think there's a role for Hank. It is tough to work three guys in."

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