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Rene Rivera | Catcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/31/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 214
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Padres catcher Rene Rivera shed 20 pounds over the offseason.
The 30-year-old is devoting his time and effort in Major League camp to working with the pitchers rather than focusing on competition for a roster spot. As long as Yasmani Grandal is healthy enough to begin the regular season with the team, Rivera is likely slated for Triple-A. Feb 15 - 12:05 PM

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Padres purchased the contract of C Rene Rivera from Triple-A Tucson.

He'll back up Nick Hundley with Yasmani Grandal out indefinitely Rivera has hit .343/.382/.474 with five homers and 38 RBI on the season at Triple-A but should be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Sun, Jul 7, 2013 11:15:00 AM

The Padres are expected to promote Rene Rivera from Triple-A Tucson on Sunday in the wake of the severe knee injury suffered Saturday by Yasmani Grandal.

Rivera will function in a reserve role, with Nick Hundley expected to assume the primary catching duties for the Padres. Rivera, who hasn't played in the big leagues since 2011, was hitting .343/.382/.474 with five homers and 38 RBI on the season at Triple-A.
Sat, Jul 6, 2013 11:51:00 PM

Padres signed C Rene Rivera to a minor league contract.

He also gets a spring training invite. Rivera, 29, batted .226/.307/.385 with 10 homers and a .693 OPS in 95 games with the Twins' Triple-A affiliate this past season. He'll function as organizational depth.
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 03:09:00 PM

Twins reassigned C Rene Rivera and RHP Pedro Florimon to minor league camp.

Rivera posted an ugly .144/.211/.202 in 100-plus plate appearances last year for the Twins. He never stood a chance of cracking the club's 2012 Opening Day roster.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 08:54:00 AM

Twins re-signed C Rene Rivera to a minor league contract.

Rivera batted just .144/.211/.202 over 104 at-bats with the Twins this season but is considered a solid defensive backstop. He'll likely begin 2012 at Triple-A, though.
Wed, Dec 14, 2011 05:17:00 PM

Twins sent C Rene Rivera outright to Triple-A Rochester.

Rivera batted just .144/.211/.202 over 104 at-bats with the Twins this season but is regarded as a solid defense catcher. The 28-year-old could stick around as organizational depth in 2012.
Fri, Oct 14, 2011 12:04:00 PM

Twins recalled C Rene Rivera from Triple-A Rochester.

Manager Ron Gardenhire wanted another catcher around with Joe Mauer banged up. The light-hitting Rivera has batted .181/.244/.264 in 78 at-bats for the Twins this season.
Sun, Aug 28, 2011 12:33:00 PM

Twins optioned C Rene Rivera to Triple-A Rochester.

The Twins had been carrying three catchers but will go with Drew Butera as Joe Mauer's backup for now. Rivera hit .181/.244/.264 in 78 at-bats for the Twins.
Sun, Jul 10, 2011 05:52:00 PM

Updating a previous item, the Twins incorrectly had Rene Rivera listed on the lineup card in the clubhouse for Wednesday's game against the Mariners.

There's no injury with Rivera, as the Twins intended to start Drew Butera behind the plate all along. He's batting eighth against left-hander Erik Bedard.
Wed, May 25, 2011 01:28:00 PM

Rene Rivera was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup against the Mariners.

Rivera was on the original lineup card, but Drew Butera made the start, instead. No reason for the change, but we'll pass along an update as soon as it is made available by the team.
Wed, May 25, 2011 01:17:00 PM

Rene Rivera hit his first major league homer since 2006 in Thursday's win over the A's.

Rivera, who had been 1-for-15 since his callup on May 5, also singled and walked today. He may have earned some extra playing time at Drew Butera's expense.
Thu, May 19, 2011 06:22:00 PM

Twins purchased the contract of Rene Rivera from Triple-A Rochester.

The Twins grew tired of the lack of production they were getting from Steve Holm but will now carry an equally poor offensive player as Drew Butera's backup. Rivera hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2006 and has a hideous .583 OPS this season at Triple-A Rochester.
Thu, May 5, 2011 05:37:00 PM

Mets signed catcher Rene Rivera to a minor league contract.

Rivera debuted with the Mariners as a 21-year-old in 2004 and spent all of 2006 as Kenji Johjima's backup, but he hasn't been seen in the majors in two years. He hit .250/.313/.405 between Double- and Triple-A in the Dodgers system last season. He'll probably be the fourth or fifth catcher on the Mets' depth chart.
Thu, Nov 27, 2008 12:24:00 AM

Rene Rivera went 0-for-4 on Saturday and is batting .121 in 33 at-bats as Kenji Johjima's backup.

Since he's only playing once a week, it seems likely that the 22-year-old Rivera would be better off in Triple-A. Guillermo Quiroz would likely be an upgrade anyway.
Sat, Jun 17, 2006 07:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Nick Hundley
3Rene Rivera
1B1Yonder Alonso
2Tommy Medica
2B1Jedd Gyorko
2Alexi Amarista
SS1Everth Cabrera
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Carlos Quentin
2Xavier Nady
CF1Will Venable
2Cameron Maybin
RF1Seth Smith
2Chris Denorfia
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Andrew Cashner
2Ian Kennedy
3Josh Johnson
4Tyson Ross
5Eric Stults
6Robbie Erlin
7Cory Luebke
8Casey Kelly
9Joe Wieland
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Huston Street
2Joaquin Benoit
3Dale Thayer
4Nick Vincent
5Alex Torres
6Tim Stauffer
7Donn Roach
8Bobby LaFromboise