Martin Maldonado

Angels backup catcher Rene Rivera sidelined up to six weeks

Angels backup catcher Rene Rivera sidelined up to six weeks

The Angels will be without backup catcher Rene Rivera for an estimated four to six weeks because of torn meniscus in his knee.

Rivera was placed on the disabled list Sunday because of inflammation in the joint. He had surgery Friday.

“Tough break for Rene right now,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “Tough break for us.”

Rivera has appeared in 22 games and has proven to be a reliable contributor in spelling starter Martin Maldonado. His offseason signing was considered a key in keeping Maldonado fresh in 2018.

Jose Briceno, a rookie who has yet to make his big-league debut, is currently the Angels’ backup. Juan Graterol appeared in one game this season while Maldonado...

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