Butler was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. The Rockies had to clear a spot on the active roster for Tyler Chatwood (back), Tuesday's starter versus San Francisco, and Butler was the casualty. Butler was an obvious candidate for demotion, having given up 27 earned runs in 21.1 innings in June. Look for Butler to remain stretched out as a starter with Albuquerque for the time being, but there's always a chance he ends up back in a long-relief role with the big club in the second half.
Butler (2-5) gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks over 3.1 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays. Butler has now allowed 10 earned runs on 16 hits in just 8.1 innings since returning to the rotation this week. With six strikeouts, five walks and three home runs allowed in those two starts, it's hard to find any positives for Butler, who could find himself back in the bullpen -- or the minors -- soon at this rate.
Butler was rocked for six runs on 11 hits and a pair of walks in his return to the starting rotation Thursday against Arizona. He struck out four and didn't factor into the decision. A demotion to the bullpen didn't cure what ails Butler, nor did his return to the starting five. The 26-year-old's home stats are atrocious, which is a familiar refrain for Colorado pitchers, but Butler hasn't been much good on the road either. It's hard to imagine him getting better results when the Blue Jays come to town on Tuesday.
Butler is in line to rejoin the Colorado rotation, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports. Butler was recently demoted to a long relief role, but following the placement of Tyler Chatwood (back) on the DL, the right-hander will resume his old role. Barring an unforeseen development, Butler will take the hill for the Rockies on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
Butler will act as a long reliever out of the Rockies bullpen for the time being, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. The Rockies' pitching staff underwent a face-lift over the past couple days, sending Chris Rusin (shoulder) to the DL, inserting Jorge De La Rosa back into the rotation from the bullpen, and keeping Tyler Anderson in the big league rotation after a strong major league debut. This leaves Butler as the odd man out, forcing him to fill the role both Rusin and De La Rosa occupied before him. The 25-year-old could garner some spot starts if another injury strikes or if a member of the rotation struggles, but the Rockies probably aren't in too much of a hurry to get him back into the rotation considering he currently holds a 5.48 ERA and measly strikeout numbers.