For those of you who were thinking, or hoping, the Cubs would acquire a third catcher, you have gotten your wish:
Bobby Wilson has been the Twins’ backup catcher since early May. He’s not much of a hitter: .178/.242/.281 in 135 at-bats. He has thrown out eight of 27 runners trying to steal this year (30 percent), so there’s that, at least.
Gimenez was at Triple-A Iowa, so he’s likely taking over the Twins’ backup catcher role from Wilson, who has also played for the Angels, Rays (not while Joe Maddon was there, though), Rangers, Tigers and Diamondbacks. He’s 35 and likely here just to give Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini an occasional break. And then there’s this:
Wilson said he considered retiring when the Twins sent him down at the end of spring training. Instead, he wound up playing 47 games with the Twins, and will finish up with a first-place team.— Phil Miller (@MillerStrib) August 30, 2018
Wilson is currently on the disabled list (as of August 24, so he’s still a few days away from being eligible to return). The injury’s an ankle sprain, so in early September he’ll likely be ready to return. To make room for Wilson on the 40-man roster, Cory Mazzoni has been designated for assignment.
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