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Updated: March 31st, 2012 8:03am
Drew Butera optioned to Triple-A as Twins decide to keep two catchers

Drew Butera optioned to Triple-A as Twins decide to keep two catchers

by Phil Mackey
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Minnesota Twins have decided to keep two catchers on the 25-man roster. Drew Butera will not be one of them.

After serving two full seasons on the major league roster, Butera was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday morning. The team also placed right-hander Kyle Waldrop on the disabled list with an elbow strain and reassigned infielder Michael Hollimon to minor league camp as well.

This spring, Butera hit .273/.304/.364 with two doubles in 22 at-bats, but he owns a .178/.220/.261 batting line in 409 career major league plate appearances. The Twins love Butera's ability to handle pitchers and control the running game, but general manager Terry Ryan has made it clear he wants more offense.

"It's part of the business," Butera said. "I've been in it long enough where I know these things happen. We'll make the best of it, go down there and work on some things."

Joe Mauer, Ryan Doumit and J.R. Towles are the three remaining catchers in camp, but Ryan told Butera only two will break camp -- Mauer and Doumit.

"Terry told me (this was a possibility) when he called me when we signed (Ryan) Doumit," Butera said. "So this wasn't blindsided. I knew this might be an option. It is what it is. I'll work on some things and hopefully get back soon."

The Twins now have 31 players in camp, including 15 pitchers.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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