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Billy Butler | Designated Hitter | #16

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 260
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (14) / KC
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Athletics placed DH Billy Butler on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Butler has been dealing with concussion symptoms following a physical altercation with teammate Danny Valencia on Friday. According to Athletics general manager David Forst, both players were fined as a result. Arismendy Alcantara will take Butler's spot on the active roster. Aug 22 - 7:09 PM

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Billy Butler is not listed on the active roster for Monday's game against the Indians.

The Athletics have yet to make an official announcement, but Butler displayed concussion symptoms following a physical altercation with teammate Danny Valencia over the weekend and will presumably be placed on the disabled list. Arismendy Alcantara is expected to take his spot on the active roster.
Aug 22 - 6:33 PM

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the recent clubhouse fight between Billy Butler and Danny Valencia was about an endorsement contract.

Valencia was in talks with an equipment representative before Butler allegedly interjected regarding the use of some off-brand spikes and told him that the company should drop the endorsement deal. This led to a confrontation where Valencia allegedly punched Butler in the temple. Butler has dealt with nausea and vomiting since. As for Valencia, Slusser hears that he will be fined for the fight. It's unclear if he'll face any other punishment.
Aug 22 - 6:11 PM

Billy Butler missed Saturday and Sunday's games against the White Sox due to injuries sustained in an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia.

The alleged incident occurred on Friday night, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. A's manager Bob Melvin wouldn't divulge any details when pressed for information on Sunday and simply noted that Butler sat out due to nausea and vomiting, and not from the flu as initially reported. Those symptoms are often associated with concussions, though it's unclear if Butler sustained a concussion from the altercation with Valencia. There should be more clarity here soon, especially if MLB decides to investigate the matter.
Aug 21 - 10:02 PM

Billy Butler (illness) isn't available to play Sunday.

Butler isn't even at the ballpark, as the A's told him to stay at the team hotel as he recovers from the flu. He's day-to-day. Khris Davis is in the designated hitter spot Sunday and Coco Crisp is in left field.
Aug 21 - 12:43 PM

Billy Butler (illness) is not in the Athletics' lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

He's feeling a bit under the weather. Butler plays sparingly these days but he's a lifetime .478 hitter against tonight's starting pitcher, Chris Sale. Danny Valencia will DH and bat third for the A's on Saturday.
Aug 20 - 4:51 PM

Billy Butler went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and scored twice in Saturday's loss.

The part-time designated hitter has hit well this year in limited chances. The Athletics have wisely used him in situations where he is likely to succeed and kept him on the bench the rest of the time. He is hitting .293/.344/.434 with four home runs and 29 RBI in 198 at-bats.
Aug 14 - 1:11 AM

Billy Butler slugged a two-run homer on Tuesday, but it wasn't enough for the A's to overcome the Brewers.

His seventh-inning blast off Brewers starter Zach Davies, finally got the A's on the board. Butler, a 30-year-old part-time designated hitter who is making $10 million each this season and next, finished the night 1-for-4 and is slashing just .241/.275/.391 with two homers and 15 RBI on the season.
Jun 7 - 10:48 PM

Billy Butler is not in Monday's lineup against the Angels.

Butler now appears likely to get most of his playing time against lefties. Chris Coghlan will serve as the DH on Monday against Nick Tropeano.
Apr 11 - 5:08 PM

Billy Butler is not in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

The A's are going with Chris Coghlan in right field and Josh Reddick in the designated hitter spot. Butler has now sat out two straight games.
Apr 8 - 5:14 PM

Billy Butler finished 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Saturday's 9-1 win over the Giants.

Butler took Giants ace Madison Bumgarner out for the two-run shot, his first of spring. The designated hitter is looking to rebound this year after a down 2015 season, and he owns a .333 average with a .986 OPS in Cactus League play.
Mar 19 - 8:01 PM

Billy Butler hit a two-run single against the Brewers in Cactus League play on Saturday.

Butler also walked in the game, reaching base in both of his plate appearances. Butler fell out of favor in Oakland after batting .251/.323/.390 last season, but the A's were unable to trade him over the winter and he will enter the season as the team's primary designated hitter.
Mar 5 - 9:33 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics discussed Billy Butler in a potential trade that didn't come to fruition.

It's hard to see any club eager to deal for Butler, as he's owed $10 million each of the next two seasons, has hit only .261/.323/.385 since the beginning of 2014 and is limited to designated hitter duty. The A's would surely have to pick up a large chunk of his contract in order to move him.
Feb 12 - 4:21 PM

Billy Butler is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

It's a routine day off. The A's have Brett Lawrie in the designated hitter spot and Eric Sogard at second base.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 03:43:00 PM

Billy Butler went 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Rangers.

Butler managed one of the two extra-base hits that the A's collected on the day, as Rangers starter Cole Hamels and the collective efforts of the Texas pen more or less put the Athletic offense to sleep. In his first season with the California club, the veteran DH is hitting .250/.320/.384 with 13 homers and 62 RBI. Unless he turns into the Incredible Hulk over the next week, he'll finish with back-to-back seasons of sub-.400 slugging for the first time in his career.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 07:09:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
3Bruce Maxwell
1B1Danny Valencia
2Yonder Alonso
2B1Chad Pinder
2Max Muncy
3Arismendy Alcantara
4Tyler Ladendorf
5Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
3B1Ryon Healy
LF1Khris Davis
2Mark Canha
3Brett Eibner
CF1Coco Crisp
2Sam Fuld
RF1Jake Smolinski
2Andrew Lambo
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Kendall Graveman
3Sean Manaea
4Jesse Hahn
5Chris Bassitt
6Felix Doubront
7Henderson Alvarez
8Andrew Triggs
9Ross Detwiler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ryan Madson
2Sean Doolittle
3John Axford
4Liam Hendriks
5Marc Rzepczynski
6Fernando Rodriguez
7Ryan Dull
8Chris Smith
9Daniel Coulombe
10Jarrod Parker
11Zach Neal