Butera is hitting .286/.355/.518 after playing in 25 games this season. Serving as the backup to Salvador Perez, Butera's time behind the plate is very limited. However, when called upon, Butera has managed to put together respectable numbers. He's contributed 10 runs, and of his 16 hits, nine have been for extra bases.
Butera went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a strikeout against Cleveland on Thursday. Butera has seen an increase in his playing considering the quad injury of Salvador Perez, and he finally went yard for the first time this season. Butera doesn't have much value as a primary backup catcher who sees time only due to an injury, but he's making the most of his opportunities with a .306 average and 11 hits in 36 at-bats this season.
Butera went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Red Sox. Butera's role remains as the Royal's backup catcher but he's made the most of the opportunities given to him as he's collected four hits -- three of them doubles -- in 13 total at bats. Given the limited game-action he sees, however, he's not a good play in any fantasy format.
Butera will draw the start at catcher in Saturday's matchup with the Indians. Butera will replace Salvador Perez as the Royals' catcher Saturday, as manager Ned Yost has opted to use the game as an opportunity for rest. Perez will likely resume his role behind the plate Sunday. Butera will bat ninth in the order.
Butera is hitting just .208 (5-for-24) this spring but remains in a battle for the backup catcher job with Tony Cruz. It's not clear who is in the lead for the job, but Cruz could have an edge since the Royals traded for him in the offseason.