It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Dodgers have lacked offensive production from the catcher position this season.

Catchers A.J. Ellis, Drew Butera and Tim Federowicz each have a batting average under .200 and have combined to hit four home runs heading into Thursday’s matchup against the Atlanta Braves. Butera led the bunch with a pair of home runs.

In the second inning against right-hander Aaron Harang, Butera added to that total when he connected on the first pitch he saw and deposited it over the left-field wall. The two-out, two-run home run gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead in an eventual 6-4 victory.

The home run set a new career-high for Butera, giving him three on the season to go along with 13 RBIs. The backup catcher has played in 46 games this season and is hitting .193 with a .268 on-base percentage. He filled in for Ellis for a large part of the season when Ellis was on the disabled list.

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