ANAHEIM -- The Twins recalled catcher Drew Butera from Triple-A Rochester, and designated infielder Sean Burroughs for assignment to make room for Butera on the roster on Tuesday.
In 15 games with Rochester, Butera hit .279 with three doubles, one homer and five RBIs. The move gives the Twins three catchers, as Butera joins Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit on the roster.
It also gives the Twins more flexibility behind the plate because Mauer is dealing with soreness in his left knee after he was hit by a foul tip on Sunday. Mauer served as designated hitter on Tuesday against the Angels with Doumit getting the start at catcher.
"Right now I need protection with my catching situation," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It's why we had to make a roster move. I wasn't ready to send down a pitcher yet. We ended up bringing a catcher up here because it protects me a little bit. Sean, if we get through all this, will go down there and get some swings, which is not a bad thing. He agreed with that, too. He can go get swings and see what happens."
Butera saw action in 93 games with the Twins last year, but hit just .167 with 12 extra-base hits and 11 walks. He fared better in Spring Training, batting .273 with two doubles, before hitting .278 at Triple-A Rochester.
"You always want to get better, but I'm happy with my progress," said Butera, who got the call at 1:30 a.m. ET and boarded a 6 a.m. flight from Rochester, N.Y., on Tuesday morning. "I'm happy with the direction it's going and I'm looking forward to keeping it going up here."
Burroughs, meanwhile, batted .178 with a double, a walk and an RBI in 10 games. The Twins have 10 days to trade Burroughs, release him or pass him through waivers. If he goes through waivers unclaimed, he could be optioned to Triple-A Rochester.
"He's done everything we've asked," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "It's just been a matter of what works best for the manager, and what we need to do, how he can use the bench players. And right now with Joe with a little bit of a sore knee, to have that other catcher I think gives Gardy a lot more flexibility."