Williams claimed from Rockies, placed on 60-day DL

Catcher formed battery with Angels' Richards at Oklahoma

Williams claimed from Rockies, placed on 60-day DL

The Angels claimed catcher Jackson Williams off waivers from the Rockies on Wednesday. The Angels' 40-man roster is full, but Williams will be placed immediately on the 60-day disabled list because he's coming off knee surgery.

The 28-year-old Williams was originally selected by the Giants with the 43rd overall pick of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Oklahoma, where he spent a season catching Angels starter Garrett Richards.

Williams, who signed a Minor League contract with the Rockies after the 2013 season, is a career .223/.309/.337 hitter in the Minor Leagues and played in seven Major League games with Colorado in '14. He's thrown out 37 percent of potential basestealers in his Minor League career.

Williams underwent surgery on his right meniscus on Sept. 24, but Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Williams should be "full speed" by the time pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. Williams has options left and will essentially be taking John Hester's spot on the Minor League depth chart, after Hester signed a Minor League contract with the Phillies on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, the Angels also claimed outfielders Roger Kieschnick and Alfredo Marte from the D-backs, moves that prompted outfielder Brennan Boesch and catcher John Buck to be designated for assignment and ultimately opt for free agency.

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