The Dodgers announced today that they’ve designated left-hander Ian Thomas for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for right-hander Bud Norris, who was acquired from Atlanta in exchange for a pair of minor league pitchers.
Thomas, 29, actually came to the Dodgers by way of trade with the Braves last summer. He was traded from Atlanta to L.A. alongside Alberto Callaspo, Juan Jaime and Eric Stults in exchange for Juan Uribe and Chris Withrow. He spent 23 1/3 innings between the Braves and Dodgers in the Major Leagues last season and posted a 3.86 ERA with 23 strikeouts against 11 walks. Thomas posted strong numbers early this season for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate — 1.42 ERA, 22-to-5 K/BB ratio in 19 innings — but has been on the minor league disabled list since mid-May due to tendinitis in his left shoulder.