SALT LAKE CITY — Chris Iannetta made his third start in a row for the Salt Lake Bees — his second behind home plate — while on major league rehab for a right wrist fracture.
The catcher went 1-for-4 and scored the game's lone run on a balk, as Salt Lake downed Fresno, 1-0. Iannetta is expected to return to the Los Angeles Angels by the end of the week.
The wrist was feeling good according to Iannetta, who said his current state of "baseball shape" is a positive.
"The wrist feels fine, that's pretty much a non-issue, it's more just getting my throwing arm back into shape," said Iannetta. "I was taking steps in the right direction, the first few innings felt really good, kind of fatigued towards the end but nothing crazy."
Both Iannetta and Vernon Wells have their days numbered in Salt Lake before rejoining the Halos. Some players can go months, even entire seasons without getting a call-up to MLB. Iannetta was humble about the situation, and even offered words of advice for the players patiently waiting for their chance to become Angels.
"Nothing is a given. It's a progression back and you need to make it through every step of the way, and anything can happen," Iannetta said. "I'll be fortunate to get through it, and get back and be productive. I'm not taking anything for granted."
"Just keep working," said the catcher offering his advice to the clubhouse. "Whatever your flaws are, whatever your weaknesses are you can work to make them better.
If you keep doing that, and eliminate your weaknesses and then they have no choice and opportunities arise."
In making his return to Anaheim, Iannetta addressed what he believes will be his role moving forward beyond assignment in Salt Lake.
"I just want to be a part of it. I want to be able to contribute. Whatever they decide my role is, that's my role. I've been a starter before, and I've been a backup before. I'm open to doing it, I just want to get back and contribute."
NOTEBOOK: The Bees were able to split the series with Fresno on Monday, having won the opener in the four-game set before losing the next two. Leadoff hitter Andrew Romine went 3-for-4 to pace the team, while Trevor Crowe managed a 2-for-3 night. It was just the seventh 1-0 game in Salt Lake history at home, and the first since 2009.
ON THE MEND: Wells continued his rehabilitation Monday in his fourth start for the Bees. Wells went 1-for-4.Comment on this story
SEE YA!: Fresno manager Bob Mariano was ejected by umpire Lance Barrett in the fourth inning.
ATTENDANCE: A buzzing 6,898 enjoyed a one-run, zero RBI game under clear skies.
Bees 1, Grizzlies 0
In short: Chris Iannetta scored the game's lone run in the fourth, when Fresno pitcher Andrew Kown was called for a balk.
Bees manager Keith Johnson's take: "I thought we played a pretty solid ballgame tonight."
Up next: vs. Sacramento, tonight, 7:05 p.m.
Next homestand: Tuesday-Friday vs. Sacramento River Cats (Athletics).