Now Commenting On:

Double-A manager Butler suffers stroke

Butler suffers stroke

PHOENIX -- D-backs Double-A manager Brett Butler suffered a mild stroke Friday and will be out indefinitely, with Matt Williams taking his place in the interim.

Butler, who has beaten cancer, is expected to make a full recovery, although the stroke has affected his equilibrium. He's resting comfortable in a hospital in Montgomery, Ala.

"He's had some tough luck," said Williams, a former D-back who is Arizona's special assistant to the general partner. "He was one of the best teammates I've ever had, and I just hope first and foremost that he gets well, and I'm going to try to hold it down for him as well as I can."

Williams, who will start on Monday, has said in the past that he would like to eventually manage. He gets his first opportunity with a Double-A squad that includes star outfielders Justin Upton and Carlos Gonzalez.

"I just hope I can fill in well for [Butler]," Williams said. "I'm going to go down and do what I can to help them win and teach a little bit hopefully. We have some very talented players there, so I'm excited about it."

Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español