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Height/Weight: 6-2/220 | Birthdate: 3/12/1986 | Birthplace: Pascagoula, MS | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 1/0
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Rays' Steven Souza leaves game with wrist injury


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Rays outfielder Steven Souza left Sunday's game during a third inning at bat, after suffering a sprained left wrist on a foul tip. Souza is considered day to day after colliding with catcher Stephen Vogt at home in the first inning, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"On the collision, I kind of felt something and figured it would just go away," Souza said. "Took some swings on deck. It was lingering a little bit, but nothing too severe. But on the check-swing, I felt the pain. We’re just being precautious."

Souza will undergo an MRI on his wrist on Monday. He was replaced by Joey Butler


Rays OF's Kevin Kiermaier, David DeJesus sit against lefty Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) With the Rays facing a left-hander on Friday, manager Kevin Cash has loaded his lineup with right-handed swingers.

Outfielders Kevin Kiermaier and David DeJesus are being held out of the lineup against the A's. Kiermaier had started nine straight games for the Rays, but will take a seat on Friday, despite the fact he actually has a higher batting average against lefties (.267) than righties (.232).

DeJesus meanwhile has been on a tear lately. He's batting an even .400 (10 for 25) over his current seven-game hitting streak. But he's been heavily shielded against southpaws this season, having just three at-bats against left-handed pitching. 

Joey Butler will enter the lineup and bat fifth while playing left field. Brandon Guyer moves up to the leadoff spot and will play center field on Friday. 


Evan Longoria returns to third base for Rays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Third baseman Evan Longoria returns to the field for the Rays for Sunday's game against Texas. 

Longoria had started at DH the last two games. He also makes his second straight start in the three-hole in the order after batting cleanup 29 times this season. 

Joey Butler returns to the DH spot 


Rays DH Joey Butler connects for first homer of career


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Designated hitter Joey Butler connected for his first-career home run Monday in the Rays' victory over the Red Sox.

Butler was called up from Triple-A on Sunday and went  1 for 3 that day in his first game of the season and then went 1 for 3 in Monday's win.

Butler spent 2014 in the Cardinals' organization, getting five at-bats (0 for 5) with the big club, and had 12 at-bats (4 for 12) for the Rangers in 2013.


Brandon Guyer out of Rays lineup on Monday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Left fielder Brandon Guyer is not in the Rays' starting lineup for Monday's game. 

David DeJesus replaces Guyer in left field, his third start in left this season. He'll bat fifth in the order. 

Replacing DeJesus at designated hitter is Joey Butler, who starts his second straight game since getting called up over the weekend. Butler is hitting eighth in the order. 


Tim Beckham replaces Asdrubal Cabrera for Rays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game, just the third time this season he's missed a start. 

Tim Beckham will make his fourth start at short in Cabrera's place, batting seventh in the lineup. 

Joey Butler , just called up from Triple-A, is in the lineup, batting fifth and playing DH. 


Rays place Desmond Jennings on DL, call up Joey Butler


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) The Rays placed outfielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced Sunday. 

Jennings is suffering from left knee bursitis and hasn't played since April 25. He was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup. 

The Rays called up outfielder Joey Butler from Triple-A Durham to replace Jennings. Butler has played 14 MLB games with two teams. He was leading Durham in hits, total bases and RBI. 


Rays reassign Everett Teaford, Brandon Gomes, six others


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Rays reassigned pitchers Everett Teaford and Brandon Gomes to minor-league camp along with six other players, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Teaford and Gomes were in the mix for spots on the 25-man roster before being reassigned. The team also cut catcher Mayo Acosta, outfielders Corey Brown and Joey Butler and pitchers Jhan Marinez, Jim Miller and Jordan Norberto.


Rays sign five to minor-league deals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Rays signed catcher Mayo Acosta, outfielder Joey Butler, infielder Juan Francisco, right-hander Jhan Marinez and left-hander Everett Teaford all to minor-league deals, according to the team's official Triple-A website.

Rays bring in Joey Butler on a minor-league deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2015) The Rays have signed outfielder Joey Butler to a minor-league deal.

Butler spent last season in Japan. He hit just .231 in 21 games. Prior to his stint in the NPB, Butler spent time with the Cardinals. The 28-year-old performed well in the minors, putting up a career .304/.397/.472 slash line at Triple-A. 


Joey Butler heading to Japan to play


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) The Cardinals sold the contract of outfielder Joey Butler to a team in the Japanese Nippon league Friday, shortly after removing him from the 25-man roster.

Butler was waived Wednesday, after spending limited time with the major-league team. The decision to allow him to move to Japan came once it became clear the 28-year-old did not have a place to play everyday at Triple-A Memphis. General manager John Mozeliak explained the decision to MLB.com.

"I really was impressed with what he did for us," Mozeliak said. "I think he's a really talented guy. But between what you had going on in the big leagues and what you have going on in Memphis, his playing time is going to dwindle both places. For him to be able to go out and make those kinds of dollars in Japan is a great opportunity for him."


Joey Butler sent down Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Cardinals outfielder Joey Butler has been sent down to the minors Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

Butler received five at-bats in the majors, but went hitless. He was tearing up the minors, hitting .360 prior to his callup. Butler will be replaced by Shane Robinson.


Joey Butler gets the call


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Cardinals outfielder Joey Butler has been called up Friday.

Butler will take the place of Randal Grichuk, who has been sent down. Butler is hitting .360 in 86 at-bats at Triple-A.


Aledmys Diaz among Cardinals optioned Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Recently signed infielder Aledmys Diaz was among the Cardinals' cuts from spring camp Sunday. Diaz was optioned to Double-A Springfield, while pitcher Sam Freeman and outfielder Joey Butler were sent to Triple-A Memphis.

Joey Butler claimed by Cardinals


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2013) The Cardinals have claimed Rangers outfielder Joey Butler on waivers Thursday.

Butler was designated for assignment September 30. He appeared in the majors briefly this year, hitting .333 in 12 at-bats. He hit .291/.395/.437 in 119 games at Triple-A. 


Rangers DFA Joey Butler


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/30/2013) The Rangers designated outfielder Joey Butler for assignment Monday. Butler appeared in eight games for Texas, going 4 for 12 (.333).

The team needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Nelson Cruz, who was reinstated from the restricted list.


Rangers adding three to roster


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2013) With Triple-A Round Rock finishing their season Monday, the Rangers will recall three players from the roster on Tuesday in Oakland, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The Rangers will recall reliever Ross Wolf and outfielders Engel Beltre and Joey Butler.

Beltre batted .278 with two RBI over 17 games with the Rangers earlier in the year. The lefty hit .292 at Round Rock with seven homers and 34 RBI over 94 games.

Butler played in two games with Texas in August and went 2 for 4 for the Rangers. He hit .291 with 12 homres and 51 RBI for Round Rock over 119 games.

Wolf was sent down last week by Texas. He went 1-3 with a 4.14 over 21 games and three starts from May 22 through Aug. 30.

Joey Butler sent back to Triple-A


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2013) The Rangers have optioned outfielder Joey Butler to Triple-A Round Rock Saturday, MLB.com reports. That makes room for the addition of outfielder Alex Rios. 

Butler doubled twice and added a walk in Friday's game. He'll likely return in September when rosters expand. 


Rangers purchase Joey Butler's contract


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2013) The Rangers have purchased the contract of outfielder Joey Butler from Triple-A Round Rock Monday. With Nelson Cruz suspended, Butler has been called up to provide some outfield depth relief. 

The 27-year-old Butler will be making his major league debut when he gets into a game for the Rangers. He was hitting .290 with 10 homers, 44 RBI and 21 doubles over 348 at-bats with Round Rock before his promotion Monday. 


Rangers pare down roster


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2013) The Texas Rangers continued to shape their roster for the upcoming season and announced the following moves Tuesday: pitcher Neil Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock; pitcher Justin Miller was sent to Double-A Frisco and pitchers Jake Brigham and outfielder Joey Butler were reassigned to the minor-league camp.