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Angels sign Bud Norris

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The Angels have signed Bud Norris to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Norris . . . has not had a good go of it in recent years. He posted an ERA of 5.10 last season in 19 starts and 16 relief appearances for the Braves and Dodgers last year. In 2015 he posted a 6.72 ERA with the Orioles and Padres. I suppose if you win 15 games in the bigs like Norris did in 2014 you’re gonna continue to get looks even after it appears you’re toast, however.

The Angels have been hurting for healthy pitching for some time, but one questions if they’ve been hurting this much. Still, it’s a minor league deal and those don’t cost a thing. Someone’s gotta throw the split squad game on the road when the Angels play the Rangers in Surprise.

The Red Sox are calling up Rafael Devers

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Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.

Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.

There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.

Stephen Strasburg exited Sunday’s start with an apparent injury

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It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.

Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.

The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.