Twins likely to leave camp with three catchers

Twins likely to leave camp with three catchers

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins are widely expected to carry three catchers to start the season, but manager Ron Gardenhire said he plans on keeping his options open.

Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit are locks to the make the club as the primary backstops, but the Twins appear likely to add another catcher to the roster.

Drew Butera, who is on the 40-man roster, remains the favorite to win the job because of his defense and familiarity with Twins pitchers. But J.R. Towles, a former top prospect with the Astros, is expected to push him this spring.

Gardenhire, however, said he didn't want to make any official announcements yet about keeping three catchers.

"I have no thoughts," Gardenhire said. "I just want to let it play itself out. At the end of spring we'll see what the baseball team is going north. We'll see how we get through it. We'll make those decisions at the end. But if you've been around me, you know I've never had a problem with three catchers if I have a good enough baseball team to carry three catchers and have enough thump from the other positions that I don't have to worry."