Bud Norris has been sidelined since May 10 due to bronchitis and the Orioles have finally decided to place him on the 15-day disabled list.
According to Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Norris has lost “significant weight” while battling the illness. He’ll be eligible to return on May 26 if he’s feeling better by then.
Norris has really struggled to begin the season, posting an ugly 9.88 ERA with 18 strikeouts and 13 walks in 27 1/3 innings over six starts. Mike Wright filled in on Sunday against the Angels and tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut. He deserves another opportunity.
Bruce Chen was designated for assignment by the Indians over the weekend after being knocked around for nine runs in 6 1/3 innings over two starts. Rather than pitch in the minors again or seek an opportunity elsewhere, the 37-year-old left-hander has decided to retire from baseball.
Here’s part of his announcement on Twitter:
Chen will finish his career with an 82-81 record and a 4.62 ERA in 227 starts and 173 relief appearances over 17 seasons. Including his brief stint with Cleveland this season, he ended up pitching for 11 different teams.
The Cubs are set to designate left-handed reliever Phil Coke for assignment, reports Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com.
The move is expected to be made official tomorrow. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com writes that left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada will take Coke’s place on the active roster. The Cubs are also expected to option right-hander Brian Schlitter to Triple-A Iowa and call up outfielder Junior Lake.
And so, the Cubs will end up paying $2.25 million to Coke for a 6.30 ERA over 16 appearances. For that kind of money, the Cubs could have bought the world a coke. Sorry, I promise I won’t make any more “Mad Men” references this evening.
Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was forced to exit Sunday’s game against the Mets after he was hit in the helmet by a 97 mph fastball from rookie right-hander Noah Syndergaard, but fortunately he didn’t suffer any concussion symptoms and was cleared to return to the lineup tonight against the Tigers. It’s safe to say that he’s feeling good:
That’s really nice to see.
Dodgers prospect left-hander Julio Urias has emerged as one of the best pitching prospects in the game at the age of 18, posting a 2.53 ERA over his first 178 innings in pro ball, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that he’s expected to miss a month due to cosmetic surgery on his left eye.
Urias had a tumor removed from his eye as a child, but it left him with a droopy eyelid. It hasn’t affected his ability to pitch and the upcoming surgery is considered elective. The expectation is that he’ll be back in game action by the end of June.
Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler said the organization supports Urias’ decision and were watching his workload anyway. This midseason break will allow him to pitch later into the season and perhaps leaves a September call-up on the table.
Ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the game by Baseball America over the winter, Urias has posted a 3.00 ERA and 46/9 K/BB ratio in 36 innings over his first seven starts with Double-A Tulsa this season. Pretty special stuff at his age.