Joey Butler says the promotion is humbling

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Joey Butler stood at his stall in the visitors clubhouse surprised to see a gaggle of reporters surrounding him.

Welcome to the big leagues, kid.

Well, Butler is no kid -- at 27, he's been in Triple-A for three seasons and got the call up when MLB suspended Nelson Cruz for 50 games.

"It's a humbling experience," Butler said. "I'm happy to see some familiar faces and I'm excited and there's not much more that I could say."

The Rangers were looking for a bat in anticipation of Cruz's suspension, and when it officially occurred on Monday, instead of calling Manny Ramirez, Butler got the call. He was hitting .291 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs for Triple-A Round Rock.

"You never know, I never knew what was going to happen," Butler said. "I just started grinding and do my best to help Ron Wash win and try to get better as a player."

Ron Wash is Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, who said the plan for Butler is to play in right field against left-handers. He wasn't in the starting lineup Monday night.