Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals have signed right-hander Bud Norris to a one-year deal. Details are not yet known, as it’s still pending a physical.
Norris was good last year — he struck out 74 batters in 62 innings — though he faded late. He served as the Angels closer for much of last season before moving into various other roles. Those various other roles brought some controversy with them in that Norris would’ve earned a $500,000 bonus for 60 games out of the pen, only to pitch in relief in 57 games before making three late season starts. For his part, Norris took no issue with that, and his agent suggested that showing he could still start would help him once he hit free agency, but it was certainly notable.
How the Cardinals will use him is unclear at the moment, but Norris certainly gives them some flexibility.
Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season as he suffered a lat injury in mid-March and has been on the disabled list since. He started a rehab stint in the minors last week, making a start for Double-A Reading on May 15 and another start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports that Eickhoff went a twinge in the fingertips of his right index and middle fingers late in Sunday’s outing after throwing a curve and on the subsequent pitch. The Phillies have paused Eickhoff’s rehab as a result and will evaluate him further.
Eickhoff went on the disabled list in late August last year due to nerve irritation in his right hand, so this latest setback could be related to that.
Eickhoff showed promise early in his career, posting a combined 3.44 ERA in 41 starts between 2015-16. He struggled to a 4.71 ERA last year before ending his season early with the nerve issue. Eickhoff was one of the many prospects the Phillies got from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade.