ANAHEIM -- Top prospect Alex Meyer, who is on the seven-day Minor League disabled list with a right shoulder strain, is aiming to return to the mound in early August, according to Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony.
Meyer, who was acquired in the trade that sent Denard Span to the Nationals, has been out since early June. He's currently rehabbing his shoulder at the club's Spring Training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., but he is expected to pitch in the Gulf Coast League in early August.
"He's been out so long, it's kind of like Spring Training all over again," Antony said. "So he has to throw some bullpens and so I'll guess he'll pitch in a game or two in the GCL before he goes back up."
Meyer, ranked as the club's No. 3 prospect according to MLB.com, has a 3.69 ERA with 73 strikeouts and 27 walks in 61 innings with Double-A New Britain this year.
Twins shuffle catchers with Mauer on paternity list
ANAHEIM -- The Twins officially placed Joe Mauer on the paternity list on Wednesday after he left the club on Tuesday to attend the birth of his twin daughters in Minnesota. Catcher Drew Butera was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Mauer's place on the roster.
Mauer was taking batting practice before Tuesday's game against the Angels, when he was told that his wife, Maddie, was going into labor with the couple's twins. Mauer was able to catch a flight back to the Twin Cities and made it just in time for the births of his daughters, Emily and Maren, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
"Congratulations to the Mauers -- good stuff," Gardenhire said. "I saw the thing going across [the television screen] and it said 'Royal baby,' but then I realized it was the one in England. So it's a pretty cool deal for everyone around here. We're all excited."
Mauer can be on the paternity list for a maximum of three days, which means he has to return for Saturday's game against the Mariners, or else he has to be placed on the restricted list.
"We have not talked to him or asked him about that, but I'm assuming Joe will want to join as soon as he can," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "He has to be back with us Saturday or else we'll have to do some paperwork."
With Mauer out of action, the Twins went with Butera as Gardenhire wanted three catchers, especially because Ryan Doumit and Chris Herrmann are also rotating as starting right fielders. Butera, who was hitting .215 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 25 games with Rochester, got to the park just in time for the game, but Doumit started behind the plate and Herrmann started in right field.
"We lose a catcher, because both of my catchers are going to be playing with one behind the plate and one in right so you like to have a third catcher," Gardenhire explained. "If something happens to one of those guys, you need protection."
• Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that closer Glen Perkins and reliever Casey Fien were both unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Angels. Perkins picked up his first four-out save in Monday's 4-3 win before blowing just his third save of the year in Tuesday's eventual 10-3 victory. Jared Burton was slated to serve as closer in Perkins' absence.
• After giving shortstop Pedro Florimon the day off on Monday and third baseman Trevor Plouffe a breather on Tuesday, Gardenhire opted to rest second baseman Brian Dozier on Wednesday. Doug Bernier made the start at second base in Dozier's absence.
"We're just trying to use everybody and mix them up," Gardenhire said. "We've given Florimon a day, Plouffe a day and now Dozier, and Justin Morneau DHing. Those infielders take a beating out there."
• Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony clarified why Triple-A Rochester outfielder Oswaldo Arcia left Tuesday's game in the third inning. There was speculation he was the one getting called up to take Joe Mauer's place on the roster, but he was pulled from the game after striking out in his first at-bat by manager Gene Glynn. It was reported that Arcia was experiencing dizziness, but he's healthy and was taken out at Glynn's discretion, as he swung at a 3-0 pitch and ended up striking out.