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Athletics place Billy Butler on the seven-day concussion disabled list

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The Athletics have placed DH Billy Butler on the seven-day concussion disabled list, John Shea of The San Francisco Chronicle reports. The club has recalled utilityman Arismendy Alcantara from Triple-A Nashville.

Butler suffered the concussion when he was punched in the temple during an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia on Friday. He was absent from Saturday and Sunday’s lineup, as well as Monday’s after dealing with nausea and vomiting — symptoms of a concussion.

Butler, 30, has hit .286/.338/.419 with four home runs and 30 RBI over 228 plate appearances in his second season with the Athletics.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.