Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Max Stassi (quadriceps, knee) has not yet been activated off the injured list. 

Maddon called his recovery “somewhat close,” according to a report on Monday, Aug. 31 via https://www.cbssports.com/mlb

However, the veteran skipper was unwilling to put a target date on the catcher’s return, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Stassi, a Yuba City High product and 2009 graduate, was placed on the 10-day injured list after taking a foul ball off the unprotected part of his knee. Newcomer Anthony Bemboom was inserted into the lineup and is one of two active catchers alongside recent call-up Jose Briceno. The team’s top catcher, Jason Castro was traded to the San Diego Padres on Sunday. 

This year Stassi has appeared in 18 games with 45 at-bats and his hitting .244 with a .511 slugging percentage, helped in part by four home runs and 11 RBI. His on-base percentage is also up at .327 prior to going on the IR. 

The Angels begin a five-game homestand today, (Sept. 2) against San Diego. 

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