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Twins recall Drew Butera, drop Sean Burroughs

May 2, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

Drew Butera AP

After playing every inning of the first 21 games Joe Mauer took a foul ball off his knee and sat out Monday. He returned last night as designated hitter, but the Twins felt the need to add Drew Butera as a third catcher while designating Sean Burroughs for assignment to make room on the roster.

Butera was hitting .279/.319/.419 in 15 games for Rochester, which is simultaneously terrible for a 28-year-old at Triple-A and career-best numbers for arguably the wost hitter in the majors.

Burroughs was signed to a minor-league deal in December and the 30-year-old former top prospect impressed the Twins during spring training, winning an Opening Day bench spot. In theory he was a nice fit, offering a left-handed bat and solid glove at third base to complement and perhaps even push Danny Valencia, but in practice he got three starts and 17 at-bats in a month.

He’s barely played since 2005, let alone had any success, so Burroughs may clear waivers.

  1. jwbiii - May 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Does anyone else confuse Sal and Drew Butera? It just seems like there’s been a fringy catch’n’throw guy named Butera for thirty years. Butera, Sr. even spent four seasons with the Twins.

  2. wlschneider09 - May 2, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    I miss Mike Redmond…

    • jwbiii - May 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      He’s managing Toronto’s FSL team. Dunedin is a nice place.

    • theotherfamousamos - May 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      And Matt LeCroy…

      • jwbiii - May 2, 2012 at 12:48 PM

        Who is managing Washington’s Eastern League team in Harrisburg.

  3. ThatGuy - May 2, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    “arguably the wost hitter in the majors.”

    I’m not sure you needed the arguably in that sentance.

  4. Cris E - May 2, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Burroughs isn’t a world beater, but in order to scare Valencia a little the guy had to be seen as some sort of threat. Danny is OPSing a robust .622 so there was little reason not to sit him and give Burroughs a shot, but Gardy didn’t do it. He got to play in spring training and it went OK.

    I like a lot of things about Gardy, but the guy is a little shy about resting players. Fragile, expensive and talented Mauer has really not sat all year. Aging, talented and usual part-timer Carroll played all the games so far even though he’s worn down to a 3 for 23 nubbin already.

    The bench is lame, but he’ll eventually drag the starters down to that level too if he can’t find a way to rest them. And when you stay with 13 pitchers you can’t afford a third catcher. Your bench is bad because you shorten it and leave no holes for guys that have limited but potent skill sets, like say hitting.

    Here’s a thought: don’t rest Mauer at DH, rest him on the bench. Play Doumit behind the plate for a week and let Joe sit completely still a time or two. You don’t lose the DH if your backup catcher is sitting down, which he should do when he’s injured or tired. And then you might be able to find room for a backup SS or a pinch hitter.

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