New back-up catcher Rene Rivera

Rene Rivera

May 5, 2011 – The Twins have announced today that they will call up catcher Rene Rivera from Rochester on Friday prior to the Twins playing the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The right handed hitting 27 year old Rivera is 5’10” and weighs in at 230. Rivera was originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 2nd round of the 2001 amateur draft. Rivera appeared in 53 big league games for the Mariners between 2004-2006. Rivera became a free agent in 2007 and since then has spent time in the Dodgers, Mets, and Yankees organizations before the Twins signed him as a free agent in December of 2010. Rivera hit .200 with a .250 on-base percentage and a .333 slugging percentage in 13 games with the Rochester Red Wings this season. He also had two doubles, one home run and six RBIs. Rivera has 10 strikeouts in 45 at bats. The Twins previous back-up catcher Steve Holm, was returned to Rochester yesterday.

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