Drew Butera
C KC
1 month ago

Butera went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Butera came through with a clutch, two-run single with the bases loaded to drive in the winning runs in the tenth inning. The 34-year-old will continue to play only sparingly though, as he backs up one of the more reliable catchers in the league in Salvador Perez.

Drew Butera
C KC
2 months ago

Butera is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Brewers, 610 Sports Radio reports.

EDGE Analysis

Butera had been starting semi-regularly to start the season, but he'll move back into a bench role with Salvador Perez back from the disabled list. The 34-year-old can be dropped in nearly every league now given how frequently Perez suits up behind the plate.

Drew Butera
C KC
2 months ago

Butera is not in the lineup for the first game of the doubleheader against the Tigers on Friday, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cameron Gallagher will start behind the dish in Butera's place. The two will likely split catching duties Friday, each starting one game. With Salvador Perez nearing a return from his knee injury, one of the two catchers is likely to be sent down soon, but Butera's job is presumably the safe one, as he's been the Royals' backup catcher for two and a half years.

Drew Butera
C KC
2 months ago

Butera is out of the lineup for the first game of the Royals' doubleheader against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

With the teams playing a double-header, it's likely that Butera and Cameron Gallagher will each start one game behind the plate. With Salvador Perez (knee) nearing a return from the disabled list, Butera's brief window of playing time is about to come to an end. He did very little to stake a claim for more time, hitting .185 in nine games, though that was to be expected, as he owns a career .202 batting average over parts of nine seasons.

Drew Butera
C KC
2 months ago

Butera is not in the lineup against the Angels on Friday, 610 Sports Radio - Kansas City reports.

EDGE Analysis

Butera will get the day off after going 0-for-4 during Thursday's series opener. Cameron Gallagher gets the nod behind the plate in his stead.

Drew Butera
C KC
2 months ago

Butera is not in the lineup against the Mariners on Wednesday, 610 Sports Radio - Kansas City reports.

EDGE Analysis

Butera will receive a breather after going 1-for-6 with two RBI and four strikeouts during the opening two games of this series. In his place, Cameron Gallagher draws the start behind the dish, while batting ninth in the order.

Drew Butera
C KC
3 months ago

Butera is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

It appears to be a standard rest day for Butera after he was behind the plate for the first two games of the series, going 1-for-5 with a walk. With Butera sitting out, Cameron Gallagher will step in behind the plate, serving as the batterymate for Jason Hammel.

Drew Butera
C KC
3 months ago

Butera is out of the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Butera will get his first day off of the season after starting behind the plate in each of the Royals' first three contests. Backup Cameron Gallagher will step in at catcher and bat ninth for Kansas City.

Drew Butera
C KC
3 months ago

Butera went 2-for-4 with a double and a run in Thursday's loss to the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

It was a decent start to Butera's run as the Royals' primary catcher while Salvador Perez (knee) is on the shelf. He didn't strike out in any of his four at-bats and he got on base twice. Butera is far from a flashy option, but he could be a serviceable stopgap in AL-only or two-catcher formats.

Drew Butera
C KC
3 months ago

Butera is set to open the season as the Royals' primary catcher following an injury to starter Salvador Perez (knee), Rustin Dodd of The Athletic Kansas City reports.

EDGE Analysis

Perez, who suffered a Grade 2 MCL tear after he slipped while lifting a suitcase, is expected to remain sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks, leaving Butera to handle the bulk of catching duties for at least the first month of the season. The 34-year-old doesn't offer much offensively, and given he'll be hitting at the bottom of a weak Royals lineup, there are likely better streaming options available. He owns a career .203/.258/.319 slash line, though has hit a more respectable .252/.303/.388 over the previous two seasons (130 games). Butera is expected to start at catcher and hit ninth for Thursday's Opening Day matchup against the White Sox.