Keeping Score

Cardinals sell 'Goula's Butler to Japanese team

Former Pascagoula baseball star Joey Butler will continue his professional baseball career in Japan, NBC Sports reported Friday.

Butler played in six games this season for the Cardinals, not registering a hit in five at-bats.

Butler was demoted to Triple-A earlier this week, but now the Cardinals have decided to sell him to the Orix Buffaloes.

The report said that St. Louis will get cash in return for the 28-year-old outfielder.

Butler made it to the Majors for the first time last year with the Texas Rangers, where he batted .333 in 12 at-bats.

He was batting .360 in 86 at-bats at Triple-A Memphis this year before being promoted to the Cardinals.

Butler, who played at the University of New Orleans, has played at the Triple-A level or higher since 2011.