The Angels announced that catcher Chris Okey has accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake. He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment on the weekend.
Los Angeles signed the 28-year-old backstop to a minor league deal in April. They selected his contract a few weeks later while dealing with a number of catching injuries. Chad Wallach returning from the injured list pushed Okey back to the minors a few days later. He played twice, starting one game behind the dish.
The Clemson product has made 27 starts for Salt Lake on the season. He’s hitting .276/.325/.410 with three home runs in 116 trips to the plate in the Pacific Coast League. The former Red owns a career .233/.300/.362 slash in parts of four Triple-A campaigns.
Okey has previously gone unclaimed on waivers in his career. That gave him the right to test minor league free agency this time around. He’ll pass on that opportunity and rejoin the Bees as non-roster depth. Matt Thaiss and Wallach are the only healthy catchers on the 40-man roster, so any injury could afford Okey another quick opportunity at the MLB level.