Billy Butler Injury: Updates on Athletics DH's Concussion and Return

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

Oakland Athletics' Billy Butler heads back to the dugout after flying out against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Saturday, July 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
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Oakland Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion on Aug. 22 in the aftermath of an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia. However, he's set to return after missing six games. 

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Butler Activated from DL

Monday, Aug. 29

The Athletics announced they have activated Butler from the disabled list while optioning Arismendy Alcantara to Triple-A.

Butler, Valencia Get into Altercation

Monday, Aug. 22

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Butler and Valencia had a “physical confrontation” before batting practice Friday. Slusser reported players had to break up the ensuing fight, and Valencia hit Butler on the head after the two exchanged shoves.

Citing players who spoke anonymously, Slusser reported an equipment representative asked Valencia about off-brand spikes in his locker that he was told not to wear in games. While Valencia said he uses them only before games, Butler reportedly told the representative otherwise and suggested the company should drop Valencia’s endorsement deal.

Slusser noted Butler “has an equipment endorsement with a different company.”

John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reported the two players haven’t spoken since the fight. 

“One [player] said that Valencia and Butler both played roles in the incident," Slusser wrote. "Valencia should not have punched Butler. And Butler should not have provoked Valencia by potentially costing him an endorsement contract.”

Butler Provides Athletics with Consistent Contact Hitter

Butler is slashing .286/.338/.419 with four home runs and 30 RBI in 79 games this season, which are solid numbers but a far cry from his prime, when he slashed .313/.373/.510 with 29 homers and 107 RBI for Kansas City in 2012.

Last year, Butler’s first with the Athletics following eight seasons with the Royals, he hit 15 homers.

The fourth-place Athletics are 19.5 games behind the Texas Rangers in the American League West entering play Monday.


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