Notes from Fort Myers: Twins reluctantly trim Drew Butera

  • Updated: March 25, 2013 - 11:39 PM

Twins reluctantly trim Drew Butera

– For the second year in a row, Drew Butera will begin the regular season in the minors.

The Twins sent Butera to Class AAA Rochester on Monday, leaving Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit as the only catchers on the major league roster.

Butera has been a backup on the major league level since 2010. He is an excellent catcher. He calls good games and the pitchers love working with him. He has an arm to shut down the running game. But he’s a career .183 hitter. The Twins wanted a bat on the bench.

“This is the hardest one of the spring for me, making that move,’’ manager Ron Gardenhire said, “but we’re trying to get a little something more off the bench and get a little more versatility here. We think the first 10 days to two weeks of the season you would not need a third catcher. These two should be able to get through it.’’

Butera was called up last May 1 and spent the rest of the year in the majors.

“Start out this way and see how it goes,’’ Gardenhire said. “And if we need to make adjustments, we will do it.’’

Outfielder Brandon Boggs, infielder Matt Clement, catcher Dan Rohlfing and infielder Ray Olmedo were assigned to the minor league camp. The Twins have 31 players in camp, but four — Rich Harden, Rafael Perez, Tim Wood and Samuel Deduno — are injured.

That leaves two more cuts. Gardenhire prefers to go north with 12 pitchers but said he might have to take 13 in order to carry someone who might be injured for a few days or to have other options to keep Rule 5 draft pick Ryan Preesly from being used too much.

Ramirez is in?

Many things can happen during the final week of camp, but outfielder Wilkin Ramirez is expected to be the extra bat off Gardenhire’s bench. Ramirez, 27, is batting .415 in camp.

Ramirez, a corner outfielder who runs fairly well, batted .276 at Class AAA Rochester last season with 15 homers and 54 RBI in 98 games.

“When these people come into camp, you tell them there’s jobs out there,’’ Gardenhire said. “He’s had a heck of a spring.’’

Etc.

• The Twins still haven’t officially named their Opening Day starter, but they have lined up their rotation into the weekend. Liam Hendriks will pitch on Tuesday, followed by Vance Worley on Wednesday, Kevin Correia on Thursday and Cole De Vries on Friday. Worley still is on track to pitch on Opening Day, but the Twins might wait to watch him pitch Wednesday before making a decision. Worley has a 6.35 ERA this spring, and pitching coach Rick Anderson has demanded more fire from Worley and other struggling pitchers during the final week of camp.

• Righthander Anthony Swarzak (cracked ribs) threw 23 pitches over two innings in a minor league game on Monday and came out of it with no problems.

On deck

Hendriks will start Tuesday as the Twins play host to Baltimore. Righthander Kevin Gausman will start for the Orioles.

La VELLE E. NEAL III

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
8:10 PM ET123456789RHE
DetroitR. Porcello (15-11)000
MinnesotaR. Nolasco (5-11)000
@theBallpark
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box

ADVERTISEMENT

Boston - A. Ranaudo 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - C. Morton
Toronto - D. Hutchison 6:05 PM
Baltimore - U. Jimenez
Washington - T. Roark 6:10 PM
Atlanta - A. Harang
Miami - N. Eovaldi 6:10 PM
NY Mets - B. Colon
NY Yankees - M. Pineda 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - J. Odorizzi
Cincinnati - J. Cueto 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - J. Arrieta
Chicago WSox - C. Bassitt 7:10 PM
Kansas City - L. Hendriks
Cleveland - C. Kluber 7:10 PM
Houston - N. Tropeano
Detroit - R. Porcello 7:10 PM
Minnesota - R. Nolasco
Milwaukee - W. Peralta 7:15 PM
St. Louis - L. Lynn
Los Angeles - D. Haren 7:40 PM
Colorado - T. Matzek
San Francisco - J. Peavy 8:40 PM
Arizona - J. Collmenter
Seattle - R. Elias 9:05 PM
LA Angels - C. Rasmus
Texas - N. Tepesch 9:05 PM
Oakland - S. Kazmir
Philadelphia - A. Burnett 9:10 PM
San Diego - I. Kennedy
Tampa Bay 9/18/14 7:25 PM
Atlanta
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
(5) Auburn 9/18/14 6:30 PM
(20) Kansas State
Connecticut 9/19/14 7:00 PM
So Florida
Old Dominion 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Rice
Troy 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Georgia Tech 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Virginia Tech
Eastern Mich 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Iowa 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Maryland 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Syracuse
Tulane 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Duke
Hawaii 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 9/20/14 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 9/20/14 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 9/20/14 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 9/20/14 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 9/20/14 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 9/20/14 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 9/20/14 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 9/20/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 9/20/14 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 9/20/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9/20/14 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Toronto 9/19/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Edmonton 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How sure are you that the Twins are on the road to improving?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close