What happened in 2016: Veteran right-hander Bud Norris filled in admirably at first when the Dodgers needed some extra starting pitching reinforcements due to the multiple injuries to their staff, but an injury derailed his performance thereafter.
By the end of June, the Dodgers rotation was in dire need of help when a glut of injuries befell the team. They consequently acquired Norris from the Atlanta Braves with a player to be named later (Alec Grosser), Dian Toscano and cash in exchange for minor leaguers Caleb Dirks and Phil Pfeifer on June 30.
The trade immediately paid off for the Dodgers after Norris contributed two scoreless starts in July. He also gave the team some much-needed help by eating up some innings as a starting pitcher, something the team desperately needed at a time when the bullpen was racking up innings in relief.
Unfortunately, Norris’ season would go downhill after a back injury forced him to the disabled list for three weeks. Upon his return in August, he pitched poorly, allowing 17 runs on 21 hits in his last 13 2/3 innings with the Dodgers. By September, he was delegated to mop-up duty out of the bullpen, pitching less than an inning in each of two relief appearances.
The Dodgers cut ties with Norris when they designated him for assignment on September 20, releasing him on September 30. He finished his stint with the Dodgers going 3-3 in 13 games (nine starts) with a 6.54 ERA, 5.16 FIP, 1.617 WHIP and 1.7 HR/9 in 42 2/3 innings pitched.
Bud’s best game in Dodger Blue was in his debut on July 1 at Dodger Stadium against the Colorado Rockies when he struck out eight through six scoreless innings.
2017 status: The Angels agreed to a minor-league contract with Norris with an invite to Spring Training where he can compete for a spot in their starting rotation.