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.