If you're reading this, then you've already seen that Joe Mauer will likely miss Opening Day and maybe some time after that. Hopefully, he'll miss no more than a week or so, but who knows. Right now, what we do know is that the Twins are looking for a catcher to take his spot on the roster.
Mike Redmond is now the projected starter for the April 6 game, but who will slide into his former bench spot? With the team optioning catcher Wilson Ramos to the minors today, they have two options remaining—Jose Morales or Drew Butera.
Morales seems to have the upper hand for a few different reasons. A) He's been in the majors and did well until, like it has happened multiples times, he was injured, and, B) Butera is still very young and hasn't played at triple-A.
Morales is more of a hitting catcher, while Butera is almost a complete opposite. At double-A last season, Butera hit just .219. However, he has been known much more for his stellar defense.
Whoever does win that spot, let's just hope they don't hold it for long; any extended period of time without Mauer won't be good for the postseason hopes.