Iannetta Activated by Rockies, Butera Deisgnated for Assignment

Tracy Ringolsby

From the offices of the Colorado Rockies

Catcher Chris Iannetta was reinstated from the 10-day injury list Friday, and returned to the starting lineup for the Rockies game against the Diamondbacks. The right-handed-hitting Iannetta, who suffered a right lat strain, hit seventh.

Drew Butera, who was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque when Iannetta was sidelined, was designated for assignment.

Iannetta, 36, hit .207 (6-for-29) with two runs, two doubles, one home run, two RBI, three walks and 14 strikeouts in 10 games with the Rockies before being sidelined. The Providence, R.I., native, who was originally drafted by the Rockies in 2004 and debuted for them on Aug. 27, 2006, is a career .230 hitter (794-for-3448) with 431 runs, 173 doubles, 11 triples, 136 home runs, 483 RBI, 561 walks, 984 strikeouts and 11 stolen bases over parts of 14 seasons with the Rockies (2006-11, 2018-19), Angels (2012-15), Mariners (2016) and D-backs (2017).

Butera, 35, hit .176 (3-for-17) with four runs scored, two doubles, one walk and four strikeouts in seven games with the Rockies. The son of former big-league catcher Sal Butera, Butera has spent parts of nine seasons in the big leagues with the Twins (2010-13), Dodgers (2013-14), Dodgers (2015), Royals (2015-18) and Rockies (2018-19). The Evansville, Ind., native has batted .201 (249-for-1240) with 116 runs, 55 doubles, five triples, 19 home runs, 111 RBI, 83 walks and 285 strikeouts.

The Rockies currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster.


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