The postponement of the Minnesota Twins game last night against the New York Yankees created an interesting dilemma for manager Ron Gardenhire on Friday.
Gardenhire has said that backup catcher Drew Butera will catch Pavano this season in an effort to rest former AL MVP Joe Mauer. That was the plan on Wednesday night, when Pavano was scheduled to pitch.
But the postponement forced the Twins to make Pavano their starter on Friday. Francisco Liriano remains the starter today, which was his scheduled day to start. Friday, of course, is the Twins’ home opener.
Would Gardy really consider starting Butera for the team’s home opener? Apparently he was. But Twins fans can no longer worry. Gardy told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Mauer will start Friday behind the plate.
Gardy said that he hopes the decision will hold back fans from booing him too much. Smart move on his part.