PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Keith Butler’s return to the St. Louis Cardinals was a rather auspicious one. But then again, nothing is working these days for the Cardinals.
Butler, a former Wabash Valley College pitcher, was at Class AA Springfield, Mo. when he was called up by the Cardinals on May 31. He made 12 appearances out of the bullpen before being sent to Triple-A Memphis on July 15. He was recalled on Tuesday and joined the team in time to make an appearance in the second game of a doubleheader at Pittsburgh.
The righthanded Butler pitched the last two innings of a 6-0 loss to the Pirates, the sixth loss in a row for the Cardinals, and allowed three hits and two earned runs. He struck out one and walked one in his first appearance since June 13.
Butler was recalled along with fellow rookie hurler Michael Blazek. He struck out the side in the 10th inning in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, a game the Cards lost in the 11th, 2-1.
Earlier in the day, St. Louis sent LHP Marc Rzepczynski to Cleveland in exchange for minor league shortstop Juan Herrera. Rzepczynski was an integral part of the Cardinals improbable run to the 2011 world championship.