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Dodgers acquire Bud Norris from the Braves

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Update #2 (3:18 PM EDT): The Dodgers are also receiving minor league outfielder Ian Toscano, a player to be named later, and cash considerations, per the Braves’ official announcement.

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Dodgers have acquired starter Bud Norris from the Braves. Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirms the deal. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Braves will receive two as yet unknown prospects from the Dodgers.

The Dodgers placed ace Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list on Thursday, adding to their long list of pitching woes. It was reported that they were actively searching for starting pitching help from outside the organization and it didn’t take them long to strike a deal.

Norris, 31, has an uninspiring 4.22 ERA, but he has pitched very well since moving back into the Braves’ rotation on June 4. In five starts, he has given up only seven runs (2.15 ERA) on 21 hits and eight walks with 29 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings.

Norris is owed the remainder of his $2.5 million salary for the 2016 season. He can become a free agent after the season.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.