Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers have selected the contract
of outfielder Joey Butler from Triple-A Round Rock just hours after Nelson
Cruz was handed a 50-game suspension that begins Monday night.
Cruz was connected to MLB's investigation of the Biogenesis of America clinic,
which was accused of supplying performance-enhancing substances.
Losing Cruz is a significant blow to the Rangers, who enter the season's final
two months a half-game out of a Wild Card berth in the AL and 2 1/2 games
behind Oakland for first place in the AL West. The All-Star right fielder was
pacing the club in homers (27) and RBI (76).
Butler, 27, will take his place on the roster after batting .290 with 21
doubles, 10 home runs, and 44 RBI over 97 games with Round Rock.
The Rangers also recalled outfielder Engel Beltre from Round Rock and
designated infielder Adam Rosales for assignment just a few days after picking
him up off waivers.
Beltre appeared in 13 games for Texas from June 23-August 1 and batted .300
(9-30) with two RBI.
Rosales was batting just .193 with four home runs and eight RBI over 50 games
with Oakland this season before getting waived last week. He never appeared in
a game for the Rangers.
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