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Herrmann looks to break camp as third catcher


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Catcher Chris Herrmann got his first taste of the big leagues as a September callup last season and said Friday his goal is to break to camp as the club's third catcher behind Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit.

Herrmann, who went 1-for-18 in seven games last year, will be competing for that role along with Drew Butera, who has spent most of the last three seasons on Minnesota's roster.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire hasn't announced if he'll carry three catchers yet, but he did most of all last season due to the versatility of Mauer and Doumit and because he likes the ability to use one of those two as a designated hitter.

Herrmann, a converted outfielder, is also known for his offense, as he's a career .264/.357/.382 hitter in the Minors and hit .276 with 10 homers and 61 RBIs in 127 games with Double-A New Britain last year.

"There's always a chance, but it's not going to be handed to me," Herrmann said of making the team. "Just because I was up there last year doesn't mean I'll be up there this year. So I'm trying to find a way to work my back up there again and hopefully stay up there."

Herrmann also maintained that he's fully healthy after leaving the Arizona Fall League with a minor injury to his left shoulder.

"I tweaked my left shoulder a little bit just from swinging, so I just needed a break," Herrmann said. "I played a lot of baseball last year. So it was overuse I guess. But everything is fine now. It's at 100 percent."

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