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Dodgers try to fix catching problem with Miguel Olivo

Apr 30, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

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Los Angeles’ catching duo of Tim Federowicz and Drew Butera has been incredibly bad this season while subbing for the injured A.J. Ellis, hitting a combined .143 with a .393 OPS.

That’s some pitcher-caliber hitting, so the Dodgers have decided to demote Federowicz back to the minors and call up veteran Miguel Olivo from Triple-A.

The good news is that Olivo was hitting .390 with four homers and a 1.099 OPS in 15 games at Triple-A.

The bad news is that Olivo is 35 years old and has hit a combined .222 with a .633 OPS during the past three seasons. And even while lighting up Triple-A recently he posted a ghastly 19/3 K/BB ratio. He can’t help but be an improvement over Federowicz and Butera, but Olivo is a pretty awful hitter himself.

They need Ellis to get healthy.

  1. lanflfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Why the bloody hell is Butera STILL in LA? Does he have naked pictures of the front office staff wives? I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why the hell Colletti traded for him let alone why he is still in LA. His glove is decent but unimpressive but his bat is completely non-existent.

    • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Well, with Fereowicz demoted, without Butera every pitch would go all the way to the backstop.

      • jya87 - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        Gator, for some context, Butera is out of options while FedEx still has a few left. The question is.. why waste a roster spot on Butera to begin with? Then again, FedEx has twice hit into double plays when he’s been asked to sacrifice bunt….. Dude doesn’t even know how to make a “productive” out.

        Come back soon, A.J.!

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        Gator thinks of ‘context’ the way most of us think of tuxedos and dinner jackets. I think he prefers running around naked in the Everglades.

        The way the Jays bullpen has performed lately, I don’t know whey they even bother to pay a catcher to sit there. Nothing is going to reach the backstop when it’s busy sailing over the left fielder’s head.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      He seemed to take the role of on-field coach for the young pitchers during ST. My impression is that the brass likes his brain, and that by having him around this year will lead him to a farm coaching position next season.

  2. Old Gator - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    “Ghastly” is one of my favorite words. It always takes me back to the pulp horror movies and magazines of my attic youth. Applied to batting stats, it adds a real Hammer Films resonance to decimals and fractions which were once merely lifeless but are now rendered undead.

  3. gattaga72 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    The catcher spot in the batting order is an automatic out !!!! Where have you gone Russell Martin come back!!!!

  4. twinfan24 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Dodgers shouldn’t be surprised on Butera. His BA and OBP are actually HIGHER so far this year than his career averages.

    Who would have guessed that light hitting Sal Butera would have his kid make the majors and actually be a worse hitter than he was? It’s a little depressing that Drew is making $700K this year. I can see the argument that players that are good make millions, but Butera cannot hit at all.

    • clydeserra - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Butera has a witness that swears he conjures old black magic. I think he is just a gigolo and he aint got nobody,

      • baberuthslegs - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        Excellent reference dude.

  5. denny65 - May 1, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Hey, Jesus Montero could probably be had, cheap. I think the Mariners have thrown in the towel on him.

    Of course he wasn’t the greatest of catchers. Come to think of it many might say he can’t play the position at all. But at least Olivo did give him a few pointers when they were both with the Mariners.

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