Cards option Butler to Triple-A
While All-Star news will dominate the day, the Cardinals did make a roster move on Monday. The team announced via its Twitter account that it has optioned right-hander Keith Butler to Triple-A Memphis. No corresponding promotion was announced, though the move allows for the Cardinals to add someone else to the roster before play resumes on Friday.
Butler, 24, had been in the Cardinals’ bullpen since May 31. He made 12 appearances but pitched only twice since June 25. In all, the right-hander allowed three runs on five hits in 13 2/3 innings. He walked seven and struck out 11.
With Joe Kelly expected to move back to the bullpen for the first series after the All-Star break, the Cardinals will have the option of filling Butler’s roster spot with an extra pitcher or extra position player.
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