Buttrey is suffering from right knee bursitis and won't be available to pitch over the final week of the season, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Buttrey previously suffered from the same issue in July, and he discounted the long-term impact of the injury. He also said that it was bothering him in his two previous outings, including Saturday's blown save against the Astros. Hansel Robles picked up a save Tuesday in place of Buttrey and is likely to get any opportunities that might arise this weekend.
Buttrey got the save against the Mariners on Sunday, striking out the side and allowing no baserunners in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 4-3 victory. Buttrey only has 13.2 big-league innings to his name this season, but he's fared well with his opportunities, as he's given up just one earned run and converted all three of his save opportunities. If he continues to deal like this, he could find himself in line for more chances between now and the end of the season, but regular closer Blake Parker also figures to soak up at least some of chose chances, as well.
Buttrey picked up the save Tuesday, pitching 1.1 shutout innings without a hit against the Rangers. Closer Blake Parker entered the game in the eighth inning, and after allowing a pair of hits Buttrey came in to retire the final four batters to earn his second save. Parker has now been lifted early in consecutive outings, so the door may be open slightly for other Angels relievers to have a shot at saves down the final stretch of the season.
Buttrey struck out one in a clean ninth inning to pick up the save Friday against the White Sox. Buttrey preserved a three-run lead by recording a swinging strikeout and inducing two groundouts to pick up his first career save. The Angels elected to give him the ball instead of Blake Parker, who should be rested as he last pitched Sept. 3. Buttrey has put up excellent numbers in nine appearances this season, sporting an 0.96 ERA and 1.07 WHIP while striking out 10 in 9.1 innings. Parker should still be seen as the primary closer, but opportunities may open up for guys like Buttrey as the Angels are essentially out of the playoff picture.
Buttrey was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday. Buttrey will take the roster spot of Hansel Robles (shoulder), who was sent to the disabled list in a corresponding roster move. The 25-year-old was one of two players acquired from the Red Sox in exchange for Ian Kinsler. He hasn't made his MLB debut yet, though he owns a shiny 2.20 ERA and 74:15 K:BB across 49 innings at Triple-A this season.