Dodgers designated LHP Ian Thomas for assignment.
The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Bud Norris. Thomas, 29, has spent all of this season at Triple-A, posting a 1.42 ERA and 22/5 K/BB ratio across 19 relief innings. It's possible someone will scoop him up on waivers.
Braves acquired RHP Caleb Dirks from the Dodgers in the Bud Norris deal.
The Braves traded Dirks to the Dodgers nearly a year ago to the day for international bonus money but they've now got him back in their system. Dirks, 23, has posted a 1.44 ERA and 35/7 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 relief innings at the Double-A level this season.
Braves acquired LHP Philip Pfeifer from the Dodgers in the Bud Norris deal.
Pfeifer holds a 2.67 ERA and 42/18 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings this season between Low- and High-A. He'll turn 24 in a couple weeks, though, so he's been old for the levels he's pitched at.
Dodgers acquired OF Dian Toscano from the Braves in the Bud Norris deal.
The Braves gave Toscano, 27, a four-year, $6 million contract in December of 2014, but the Cuban wasn't cleared to play until this year. He's hit only .226/.310/.271 with zero homers and two steals over 203 plate appearances this season with Double-A Mississippi. This looks like a possible salary dump by the Braves.
Dodgers acquired RHP Bud Norris, OF Dian Toscano, a player to be named later and cash considerations from the Braves in exchange for LHP Philip Pfeifer and RHP Caleb Dirks.
Norris will occupy a spot in the Dodgers' rotation while Clayton Kershaw (back) is on the shelf and is slated to make his debut for the club on Friday against the Rockies. The Dodgers are getting a hot pitcher, as the righty holds a 2.15 ERA and 29/8 K/BB ratio over his last 29 1/3 innings.
Nationals signed first-round pick RHP Dane Dunning.
MLB.com's Jim Callis says Dunning will receive a signing bonus of $2 million, which is just a hair under the assigned slot value for the No. 29 pick. Dunning was a reliever in his final year in college at Florida, but the Nationals will develop him as a starter.
Ender Inciarte is absent from the Braves' lineup Thursday.
It appears to just be a day of rest. Chase d'Arnaud is filling in in center field.
Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals' lineup Thursday.
It's a rare day off for the slugger. Ben Revere is also getting a breather, as the Nats are going with Michael Taylor in center field and Chris Heisey in right.