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Updated: September 14th, 2012 4:27pm
With Mauer, Doumit ailing, Twins call up catcher Chris Herrmann

With Mauer, Doumit ailing, Twins call up catcher Chris Herrmann

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Three catchers is more than most teams usually carry, but the Minnesota Twins might need a fourth.

With Joe Mauer suffering from lingering back spasms and Ryan Doumit nursing strained muscles in his rib cage, Drew Butera is the only catcher left standing -- or squatting -- at the moment.

Manager Ron Gardenhire and general manager Terry Ryan have discussed bringing in a fourth catcher from the minor leagues.

Chris Herrmann, a sixth-round pick by the Twins in 2009, would seem to be the most likely candidate. He hit .276/.350/.392 with 10 home runs for Double-A New Britain this season while throwing out 44% of potential base stealers.

Minor league regular seasons ended more than a week ago, but MLB rules permit teams to expand on their 25-man rosters throughout the entire month of September.

Update: The Twins made the move official prior to Friday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.

"We've talked about it," Gardenhire said Friday during his weekly appearance on 1500 ESPN's Reusse & Mackey Show. "I've talked to Terry after the game last night, and he was going to check some things out and work on it, and there's a good possibility.

"We were talking about getting somebody up here who can help us. It's kind of tough when you have (infielder Eduardo) Escobar as your backup catcher and the other two can't go in there."

Butera, Doumit and Mauer are currently the Twins' only three catchers on the 40-man roster, but there is room to add one more player.

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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