Miller: Escobar Could Be Gardy's 3rd Catcher
There has been some talk about this, but I don't think it's been this frontal before. I don't know if Gardy is still lobbying for Thome with this kind of talk, or if he's impressed with someone like Colabello, but it seems like this is a serious option:
I have no problem with this plan. I certainly like it better than having Escobar AND Butera on the roster. If he wants a bat, Gardenhire is going to need to make a decision on those guys.
Escobar spent a half-hour this afternoon catching pitches from a pitching machine, getting ready for the grand super-utility experiment. It's clear Gardenhire is considering Escobar as an emergency catcher, on hand only in case Joe Mauer or Ryan Doumit get hurt during a game. That would free up a roster spot, the one held last year by Drew Butera, for a stronger pinch-hitter, which definitely appeals to the manager. "Another catcher is only a phone call away," he said. "He would only have to get you through nine innings, or whatever."
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