Butler, Ka'aihue will shuttle between first, DH

Butler, Ka'aihue will shuttle between first, DH

Butler, Ka'aihue will shuttle between first, DH
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It's likely to be a split situation between Billy Butler and Kila Ka'aihue at first base and designated hitter, according to manager Ned Yost.

It appears that Ka'aihue, after nine years of clouting home runs mostly in the Minors, will open the season in the Majors for the first time.

"He'll compete with Billy for playing time at first base. We'll see. A priority for us is our defense this year, and Billy's worked hard at it," Yost said.

"There'll be competition among the two. It won't be for playing time, [because] the other will probably be DH-ing. We'll let 'em get out there and get after it, and see what happens. But I don't imagine one of them getting the majority of time at first base where one's just a solid DH. So we'll be able to tell through the spring in the next six weeks."