Drew Butera Promoted; Justin Morneau Could Be Placed on DL

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 18: Phil Dumatrait #54 and Drew Butera #41 talk on the mound in the eight inning against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field on September 18, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 6-5. (Photo by Marilyn Indahl/Getty Images) Phil Dumatrait; Drew Butera

The Minnesota Twins have promoted catcher Drew Butera from AAA Rochester and he will be placed on the active roster before tonight's game, according to Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune.

The Twins will need to make a corresponding move prior to the game. That move could be sending Justin Morneau to the disabled list, depending on the results of his left wrist examination conducted by Dr. Thomas Varecka of the Twin Cities:

If it doesn't look good for Morneau, he'll be place[d] on the DL. And if he check[s] out OK, they'll have to cut another player.

Butera, 28, has 142 games under his belt as a professional between 2010-2011. In 409 plate appearances, Butera has a career .178 / .220 / .261 with four home runs, two triples, and fifteen doubles. He's batting .279 through fifteen games in Rochester this season.

Butera will be the third catcher behind Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit, and could be insurance since Mauer took a foul tip off the knee on Sunday.

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