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Bud Norris | Starting Pitcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/2/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 222
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Bud Norris will be available out of the bullpen Wednesday.
The O's have a couple relievers under the weather, so they'll have Norris on call just in case. If he doesn't pitch Wednesday, he'll be in line to start Saturday. Apr 16 - 11:08 AM

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Bud Norris hurled seven shutout innings in the Orioles' extra-innings win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Norris was in line for his first victory but O's closer Tommy Hunter allowed a game-tying home run to Colby Rasmus in the top of the ninth inning. Baltimore eventually rallied in the bottom of the 12th. Norris was sharp, fanning four batters and scattering five hits over his seven scoreless frames. He'll carry an 0-1 record and 3.75 ERA into his next outing Friday at Fenway Park.
Apr 12 - 11:10 PM

Bud Norris struggled in his season debut on Saturday, surrendering five runs on nine hits over five innings in a loss to the Tigers.

Norris struck out two without walking a batter on the afternoon. Torii Hunter was responsible for all of the damage against him, with a three-run double in the third inning and a two-run bomb in the fifth. He’ll look for better results when he takes the hill against the Blue Jays at home on Friday.
Apr 5 - 4:30 PM

Bud Norris took a loss to the Twins after allowing three runs -- two earned -- in 5 1/3 innings Tuesday.

Norris has a nice 2.65 ERA and 15/6 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this spring to firm up his rotation spot. The guess here is that he'll have minimal value in AL-only leagues, at least unless he gets bumped to the pen and emerges as a closer candidate.
Mar 25 - 4:07 PM

Bud Norris gave up three runs -- two earned -- in 1 2/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Yankees.

His own error led to the unearned run. With Ervin Santana choosing Atlanta, Norris still looks like the Orioles' fifth starter. We'd rather see him in the pen, but it's probably not going to happen during April.
Mar 13 - 5:42 PM

Bud Norris pitched three scoreless innings and struck out four as an Orioles split-squad beat a Red Sox split-squad 7-3 on Saturday.

Norris faced just three likely major leaguers (Jackie Bradley Jr., Will Middlebrooks and Mike Carp), but he looked good today. His rotation spot is probably safe if the Orioles miss out on Ervin Santana. If Santana is signed, though, he'd be the most obvious candidate to go to the pen.
Mar 8 - 4:24 PM

Bud Norris started and pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two, Monday against a Twins split-squad.

Norris faced just two likely starters in Trevor Plouffe and Jason Kubel today. Though Norris would be an intriguing closer option for the Orioles, signs point to him sticking in the rotation and opening the season as the fifth starter.
Mar 3 - 4:29 PM

Orioles avoided arbitration with RHP Bud Norris by agreeing to a one-year, $5.3 million contract. had projected Norris to earn $5 million. Norris posted a 4.18 ERA with 147 strikeouts over 176 2/3 innings for the Astros and Orioles last season. Although the O's have considered using the righty in a late-inning relief role, they appear to have settled on keeping him in the rotation in 2014.
Jan 16 - 6:13 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have "toyed" with the idea of using Bud Norris as Jim Johnson's replacement at closer.

Encina notes that Norris is still "likely" to be used as a starter, but converting him to reliever is at least a possibility. The righty is essentially a two-pitch pitcher that many have always felt would be much better as a reliever, so it's not a surprise. All but three of Norris' 130 appearances at the big league level have come as a starter.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 09:40:00 AM

Bud Norris allowed three runs on seven hits over four innings of a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

The start was Norris' first since September 8 after dealing with elbow soreness over recent weeks, but it was likely his performance that caused him to last just four innings on Wednesday. Norris needed 96 pitches to get through four, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out five. The right-hander's season ends at 10-12 with a 4.18 ERA.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 10:44:00 PM

Bud Norris (elbow) is expected to rejoin the Orioles' rotation on Wednesday.

It's possible the O's will go with Jason Hammel again, but Norris' elbow is feeling better and he's ready to toe the rubber. The right-hander hasn't started a game since September 8 due to elbow soreness but threw 2 1/3 relief innings on Friday.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 12:28:00 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter won't announce who will start Saturday's game versus the Rays until after Friday's game.

It will either be Bud Norris (elbow) or Miguel Gonzalez (groin). Showalter is holding off because one of them might be needed in relief of Jason Hammel on Friday. "Ham hasn't exactly been throwing seven, eight [innings], 100-plus pitches," Showalter said. "So if we have to get him early and use somebody else, I just want to leave our options open. We have good people in place."
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 09:02:00 AM

Bud Norris (elbow) threw a side session on Tuesday.

Norris is aiming to return to the Orioles' starting rotation Saturday vs. Tampa Bay. He missed his turn last week after complaining of discomfort in his right elbow.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 05:27:00 PM

Bud Norris (elbow) could return to the Orioles' rotation on Friday or Saturday.

Norris missed a start last week with a sore pitching elbow, but the O's are hopeful that it's a minor issue. He'll play catch and throw long-toss Sunday and, if that goes well, throw a bullpen session Tuesday. If Norris isn't ready next weekend, Jason Hammel will get another start.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 09:01:00 AM

Bud Norris (elbow) expects to miss only one start.

Norris was scratched from Friday's start due to right elbow soreness, but he's confident he's only dealing with inflammation due to wear and tear. "Yeah, hope so," said Norris. "Just been doing my treatment and have seen some progress. Anytime you get back on the mound, it has the opportunity to flare back up but hopefully this extra five days, or whatever it turns out to be, will give me a chance to calm it down."
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 05:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Matt Wieters
2Steve Clevenger
1B1Chris Davis
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Steve Lombardozzi
SS1J.J. Hardy
3B1Manny Machado
2Ryan Flaherty
3Michael Almanzar
LF1David Lough
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Nick Markakis
2Francisco Peguero
DH1Nelson Cruz
2Delmon Young
3Steve Pearce
4Nolan Reimold
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Tillman
2Ubaldo Jimenez
3Wei-Yin Chen
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Bud Norris
Relief Pitcher
R1Tommy Hunter
2Darren O'Day
3Brian Matusz
4Ryan Webb
5Josh Stinson
6Evan Meek
7Zach Britton
8Troy Patton
9Edgmer Escalona