Billy Butler remained out of the Athletics’ lineup on Sunday and won’t be back in there on Monday when they take on the Angels. Right-hander Nick Tropeano will start for the Halos, marking the fourth day in a row the A’s will face a right-handed starter.
This seems to point towards a platoon, but A’s manager Bob Melvin didn’t admit to it. Via MLB.com’s Jane Lee, Melvin said that Butler would be in the lineup on Tuesday, when lefty Hector Santiago will start for the Angels.
“That’s a tough one right now,” Melvin said Sunday morning. “That’s going to be a day-to-day proposition. I communicated with him where we are right now.”
Butler doubled twice on Opening Day and is 3-for-10 to start the season. However, the soon-to-be 30-year-old hit a disappointing .251 with 15 home runs in 601 plate appearances last year after signing a three-year, $30 million contract.
In terms of OPS, Butler has hit lefties over 100 points better than righties last year, with respective marks of .887 and .765. That being said, Butler actually hit same-handed pitching better in 2015, with a .722 OPS versus righties and .687 versus lefties.