Butera is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks. Tony Wolters and Elias Diaz have drawn two starts apiece behind the plate over the Rockies' last four games, so Butera looks like the clear No. 3 catcher for Colorado. Butera has received 11 at-bats this season, recording one hit.
Butera will be on the Rockies' 30-man roster to begin the season, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Butera capped off an impressive spring and summer in the team's final exhibition game against the Rangers on Wednesday, going 2-for-3 with a home run, one double, four RBI and two runs. He was rewarded with a spot in the majors as Colorado's third catcher to begin the season. Playing time could be scarce behind Tony Wolters and Elias Diaz, but Butera proved during camp that he could be a valuable option to fill in if needed.
Butera and Elias Diaz were making an argument for the Rockies to break camp with three catchers due to their impressive spring performances, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. While Butera and Diaz are in camp on minor-league contracts, they outperformed Tony Wolters and Dom Nunez, who are on the 40-man roster. Butera hit .333 with two home runs, two walks and two strikeouts in 12 spring at-bats, although he played less than the other three. Wolters' spot as the primary catcher would seem to be safe, but Nunez, who hit .200 with six strikeouts in 15 spring at-bats, has minor-league options remaining, so he could open the year at Triple-A.
Butera signed a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training with the Rockies on Wednesday, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports. Butera served as a depth catcher for the Rockies last season and appeared in 10 games, and he'll now rejoin the organization. The 36-year-old has a .184/.257/.286 slash line in 77 games over the past two seasons, so he's unlikely to serve as more than organizational depth again in 2020.
Butera had his contract selected from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday. Butera slashed .300/.389/.511 with nine home runs and 40 RBI over 67 games with the Isotopes this season, and he'll now get a chance to finish up the year in the majors.
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