Joey Butler, a 28-year-old outfielder who appeared in six games with the Cardinals this season, is headed to Japan to play for the Orix Buffaloes. St. Louis will get cash in return for the former 15th-round pick.
Butler has put up some big numbers in the minors, including hitting .360 with four homers and a 1.028 OPS in 31 games at Triple-A this season. He’s a career .293 hitter in the minors.
In another organization Butler probably would have gotten a bigger opportunity, but the Cardinals are rich in outfielders in the majors and still have stud prospect Oscar Taveras waiting in the wings at Triple-A. He’ll make a lot more money and play a lot more in Japan.
Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his head.
Ramos will continue to be evaluated under MLB’s concussion protocol. He may wind up on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Ramos, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .222/.259/.426 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Jesus Sucre.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn an impressive 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Rays.
Steven Souza, Jr. led off the frame with a single. Corey Dickerson struck out, bringing Evan Longoria to the dish. Longoria sharply grounded a 1-2 fastball from Kevin Gausman to Machado, who showcased his strong arm with a perfect feed to Schoop at the second base bag despite his momentum taking him towards into territory. Schoop made an off-balance throw to first to complete the twin-killing.
The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third when Adam Jones hit a solo home run off of Ian Snell.