Buttrey earned his first save of the season after tossing 1.1 scoreless innings in Tuesday's win over the Mariners. Buttrey had blown three saves in his first four appearances of the season, but he finally converted one Tuesday. After the contest, manager Joe Maddon revealed that the struggling Hansel Robles has been removed from the closing role, with the skipper noting that the Halos will lake a committee approach to save situations, per Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. Based on his usage Tuesday, Buttrey tentatively profiles as the top option in the committee, but he won't have much security. Keynan Middleton and Felix Pena could also factor into the Angels' closing mix.
Buttrey allowed a run on three hits in 1.2 innings Sunday, blowing the save in a loss to the Astros. After Buttrey allowed an RBI single to Josh Reddick to tie the game in the ninth inning, the Astros went on to win in the 11th. The 27-year-old reliever has now blown three saves in just four appearances this season. He owns a 7.20 ERA with just one strikeout in five innings.
Buttrey threw a 20-pitch bullpen in Florida on Tuesday and has been training every day during the week, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. The session was certainly not traditional as Buttrey has maintained social distancing during MLB's hiatus, but it is nonetheless a positive sign that the reliever has moved past the intercostal strain that cost him much of spring training. Buttrey is likely to fill a high-leverage role in the Angels' bullpen when the 2020 season gets underway.
Buttrey (back) said he felt good after delivering a scoreless inning during his Cactus League debut Tuesday against the Mariners, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. The 26-year-old was held out with an intercostal strain early in spring training, but he looked fine Tuesday and hit 98 mph with his fastball. Buttrey had a 3.98 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 26 holds last season, and he's set to begin 2020 in a setup role to closer Hansel Robles.
Buttrey (back) is expected to make his spring debut Tuesday against the Mariners, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Buttrey has been slowed by an intercostal strain he suffered early in camp. With two weeks left of spring training games, he should still have time to be ready by Opening Day, provided he feels good in his return to game action.