The Los Angeles Angels have not seen good work from previous closer Bud Norris since the All-Star break, and the team will sideline him for a while.
Right knee inflammation will send the reliever to the 10-day disabled list, but the Halos have set Norris’ DL clock back to Aug. 27, meaning he could come back by early next week if the team feels he’s healthy enough to do so. By the time Norris returns, MLB rosters will have expanded to 40 players, so a corresponding move won’t be as scrutinized.
On Tuesday, though, the team made a corresponding transaction in recalling outfielder Eric Young Jr. from Triple-A Salt Lake City.
The Angels primarily have used Norris as their ninth-inning specialist. He leads the Halos with 19 saves. No other other Angels reliever has more than six. A starter for much of his career, Norris never had recorded an MLB save in eight previous seasons.
But since the break, the 32-year-old right-hander holds a ghastly 9.82 ERA in 17 relief outings. His full-season mark is 4.41, illustrating how poorly things have gone in July and August. Norris earned a save on Aug. 20, but the Halos have been rolling with a closer-by-committee setup. Cam Bedrosian, who is second on the team with six saves, will be the primary ninth-inning reliever while Norris is out.
Also 32 and a nine-year big-league veteran, Young has made 110 plate appearances with the Angels this season. He’s hitting .260/.336/.396.
The Angels are one game back of the Minnesota Twins in the crowded race for the American League’s second wild card.