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.
Butera was assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.
After passing through waivers unclaimed, Butera will join the Isotopes. He struggled to a .176 average with two doubles and a walk over seven games in the big leagues prior to being designated for assignment Friday.
Butera was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Friday.
Butera served as the team's backup catcher with Chris Iannetta (lat) on the injured list, but he's no longer needed with Iannetta back in action Friday. Butera went 3-for-17 at the plate during his time with the Rockies and isn't particularly likely to be claimed off waivers due to his career .201/.258/.299 slash line.
Butera is catching and hitting eighth against the Phillies on Saturday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Tony Wolters started the last three games, so he'll get a breather Saturday, allowing Butera to slide in and make his second start of the season. The 35-year-old went 1-for-4 with a double in his last start on April 15 and should continue to serve as Wolters' backup until Chris Iannetta (lat strain) returns from the injured list.
Butera has been called up to the Rockies from Triple-A Albuquerque, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
Butera has been summoned to the big-league club in a move that corresponds with catcher Chris Iannetta getting placed on the injured list with a lat strain. The 34-year-old will get the start against the Padres on Monday, per Kyle Newman of The Denver Post. Butera has a .201/.258/.299 slash line over 1,223 career major-league at-bats, and figures to back up Tony Wolters.
Butera signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies on Monday.
Butera has latched on with the Rockies after being released by the Phillies earlier in the month. The veteran backstop should provide organizational catching depth.
Butera was released by the Phillies on Thursday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Butera hit a fine .250/.382/.500 with two homers and a 6:7 BB:K through 14 games this spring, but it wasn't enough for him to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster over backup Andrew Knapp. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as catching depth.
Butera walked, scored twice and hit a two-run homer in Saturday's Grapefruit League victory over the Rays.
Butera's homer came in the ninth inning off Mike Franco. He's in camp trying to win the Phillies' backup catcher spot but may have a tough time doing so after hitting just .190/.264/.301 with the Royals and Rockies last season.
Butera agreed to a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
Butera will make $1.3 million if he makes the major-league roster and can opt out March 21 if not. He'll be fighting Andrew Knapp for the backup job behind Jorge Alfaro. With a .201/.258/.299 career slash line, Butera is probably best suited as a third catcher.
Butera was sent from Kansas City to Colorado along with cash considerations in exchange for Jerry Vasto on Friday.
Butera will see a major upgrade in his home park, but the difference between Coors Field and Kauffman Stadium won't be enough to salvage the veteran's .188/.259/.289 batting line. He's also not likely to see much more playing time. While he's no longer stuck behind a catcher who plays as often as Salvador Perez does, he now appears to be the third catcher on the Rockies' depth chart behind Tony Wolters and Chris Iannetta.
Butera went 1-for-3 with three RBI in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.
Butera opened up the scoring with a two-run, bases-loaded double in the second inning, then later plated another on a sacrifice fly. The 34-year-old has started four of the club's last five games -- two at catcher and two at first base -- but he likely won't see regular playing time down the stretch backing up one of the premiere backstops in the league in Salvador Perez.
Butera went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Rangers.
Butera took advantage of a rare starting opportunity by hitting his first home run of the season in the second inning off left-hander Cole Hamels. He has shown little at the plate through 72 at-bats this season, as he entered Sunday's start with just a .278 slugging percentage.
Butera went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals.
Butera came through with a clutch, two-run single with the bases loaded to drive in the winning runs in the 10th inning. The 34-year-old will continue to be used sparingly while backing up one of the more reliable catchers in the league in Salvador Perez.
Butera is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Brewers, 610 Sports Radio reports.
Butera had been starting semi-regularly to start the season, but he'll move back into a bench role with Salvador Perez back from the disabled list. The 34-year-old can be dropped in nearly every league now given how frequently Perez suits up behind the plate.
Butera is not in the lineup for the first game of the doubleheader against the Tigers on Friday, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
Cameron Gallagher will start behind the dish in Butera's place. The two will likely split catching duties Friday, each starting one game. With Salvador Perez nearing a return from his knee injury, one of the two catchers is likely to be sent down soon, but Butera's job is presumably the safe one, as he's been the Royals' backup catcher for two and a half years.
Butera is out of the lineup for the first game of the Royals' doubleheader against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.
With the teams playing a doubleheader, it's likely that Butera and Cameron Gallagher will each start one game behind the plate. With Salvador Perez (knee) nearing a return from the disabled list, Butera's brief window of playing time is about to come to an end. He's done very little to stake a claim for more time, hitting .185 in nine games, though that was to be expected, as he owns a career .202 batting average over parts of nine seasons.
Butera is not in the lineup against the Angels on Friday, 610 Sports Radio - Kansas City reports.
Butera will get the day off after going 0-for-4 during Thursday's series opener. Cameron Gallagher gets the nod behind the plate in his stead.
Butera is not in the lineup against the Mariners on Wednesday, 610 Sports Radio - Kansas City reports.
Butera will receive a breather after going 1-for-6 with two RBI and four strikeouts during the opening two games of this series. In his place, Cameron Gallagher draws the start behind the dish, while batting ninth in the order.
Butera is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians.
It appears to be a standard rest day for Butera after he was behind the plate for the first two games of the series, going 1-for-5 with a walk. With Butera sitting out, Cameron Gallagher will step in behind the plate, serving as the batterymate for Jason Hammel.
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