Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
To help pick up the slack with Desmond Jennings (knee) going on the disabled list, the Rays called up Joey Butler on Sunday. Butler is no longer a prospect at 29 and his experience in the majors is limited to just 14 games. However, he was hitting .317/.404/.488 with two homers and 15 RBI at Triple-A Durham and was in the No.5 spot in the lineup on Sunday. Manager Kevin Cash plans to play Butler regularly, making him a worthy flier in deeper formats.