The Dodgers have placed righty Bud Norris on the 15-day DL, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times tweets. He’ll be replaced in the rotation by Ross Stripling, at least for the time being.
Los Angeles had other pitching news as well. Just-acquired lefty Rich Hill will make his debut with the club on Sunday. And though Clayton Kershaw hasn’t yet resumed throwing, manager Dave Roberts says he’s hopeful that the game’s best pitcher will be on the hill at some point in September. Lofty prospect Jose De Leon was also considered for the assignment in place of Norris, but it seems he’ll receive at least one more minor league start before tasting the majors.
Norris, acquired recently from the Braves, has provided a 4.34 ERA in 29 frames since his acquisition. He carries an impressive 9.9 K/9 against 2.5 BB/9 in that span, and had helped to solidify a staff that has seen immense turnover. Now, Norris joins the other Dodgers arms that have cycled in and out of the rotation as health permits.
Keeping track of the comings and goings from the Los Angeles rotation has proven quite the task this year. As the team’s current depth chart shows, injury returnee Brandon McCarthy still seems a part of the staff after his poor recent outing, but he has been pushed back in favor of Hill. Even when the team’s newest hurler is activated, the team will have five legitimate MLB starters sitting on the DL. Whether or not the organization continues to seek depth in the August trade market remains to be seen, but that probably can’t be counted out at this point.
How bout getting some studs in here, everyone talks about all the money we have and all we can get is these busts
I believe the Dodgers will be glad they held onto Urias and DeLeon in the long run. Urias first taste of the bigs is tracks Kershaw’s when he first came up (rode the shuttle). DeLeon is taking a bit longer but he’s next. What to do with the excess rotation guys? There are worse problems to have. Only question for the FO will be how much salary to eat to move them.
Not sure they’ll have to eat much, if any at all. Anderson and Norris are free agents after the season and wont get QOs. Kazmir can opt out and likely will given the price/lack of pitching on the market. That essentially leaves Kershaw, McCarthy, Ryu, Urias, De Leon. The other fillers like Stripling and them will go back to AAA or be moved to middle relief.
Everyone is offered a QO weather they accept it or not is another story kazmir will return next in my opinion but the Dodgers will need to acquire another ace such as sale or archer if they want to win it all this year they have the pitching and the offense but will neds more help in the future
No Qualifying Offers are not automatically made. Teams still have the choice…
Kazmir is so awful I don’t see much chance that the Dodgers won’t get stuck with him for another two years.
I agree.. Frankie and Holmes are hard to swallow, but we never saw Frankie and Holmes is still so far away from the majors. Urias and Deleon are the best 1/2 coming up in the minors.
I also agree…Very smart to keep Urias DeLeon, along with Trevor Oakes. This winter is when this starting staff will be re-tooled. Tough to do it right now. Rich Hill, if he is at his best, can really help until Clayton comes back. A little shocked we didn’t go after higher quality bullpen help like either Will or Joe Smith….
With all the starting pitching injuries the Dodgers have had, there’s a good chance they’ll already be out of the race by the time they get Kershaw back. Well, now they know: quality and durability over quantity.
Somehow, only a couple of games behind SF and closing in, despite the injuries.
The Dodgers now have the finest DL rotation in the history of baseball: Kershaw, Hill, Ryu, Norris, Anderson, and just in case anybody gets well, Wood.
As a SF fan the team that scares me the most is the Dodgers (in our division). They only near to go on a tear at the end of the season and do what SF did. Personally I hope they don’t but they are totally capable.