The last time Twins fans (besides those in Fort Myers this spring) saw Jose Morales, it was in the picture above. Thought to be a capable back-up to Joe Mauer while coming up through the minor leagues, Morales was finally given an opportunity at the big leagues on September 8, 2007, when he started a game against the Chicago White Sox. After going 3-3, Morales injured his ankle, left the game, ended up on the 60-day disabled list, and wasn’t heard from again until just recently, where he has been battling with Drew Butera to fill in for Mauer until Jo-Mo is ready to resume his everyday duties (whenever that may be).
Though the knock on the offensively-powered Morales has been his sloppy defense (Butera is the exact opposite, by contrast), he was chosen yesterday over Drew as the Twins’ second catcher pairing with Mike Redmond until Mauer gets his back healthy.
I don’t recall watching Morales in that late-2007 contest, so the first time he steps on the field in 2009 will be the first time I have ever seen him in action. My guess is that he will catch whoever starts third (probably Kevin Slowey) for the Twins after two days of Redmond.