Two days after optioning catcher Josmil Pinto to Triple-A Rochester, the Minnesota Twins added a backup catcher to take his place.
The Twins announced Friday that they’ve recalled catcher Eric Fryer from Rochester. He’ll be the backup to Kurt Suzuki and will join Minnesota in Detroit in time for Friday’s game. Additionally, outfielder Aaron Hicks was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain; the move is retroactive to June 10. The Twins activated outfielder Sam Fuld from the DL to take Hicks’ place. Fuld had been out since May 8 with a concussion.
Fryer, 28, was hitting .252 with 11 RBI in 36 games before getting called up. He also has 22 games at the major-league level under his belt. Fryer spent six games with the Twins last season, going 5-for-13 with a home run in his brief stint. He also played a total of 16 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011 and 2012.
Pinto was sent to Rochester as his at-bats continued to shrink. He was used only sparingly at catcher, and the signing of veteran designated hitter Kendrys Morales meant that Pinto’s at-bats as a DH were going to be hard to come by. He’ll now have the chance to play every day with the Red Wings.
Fuld, in his first season with the Twins, played in four rehab games with Double-A New Britain and was 6-for-14 with a home run. He’ll be available for Friday’s game against the Tigers.