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Bud Norris | Relief Pitcher | #26

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/2/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cal Poly
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 6 (0) / HOU
Contract: view contract details

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Bud Norris recorded five outs to notch his ninth save in nine tries Wednesday against the Twins.
Greg Holland made a mess of things in the eighth inning, giving up a run before getting pulled with the bases loaded. Norris let a run score on a wild pitch but retired all five batters he faced. His grip on the Cardinals' closer job is getting tighter and tighter as he keeps pitching well and Holland continues to struggle. May 16 - 5:22 PM

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Bud Norris (triceps) picked up his eighth save of the season via a clean ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Padres.

Norris sustained a minor triceps injury over the weekend, but he's rehabbed that concern in short order and looked on point on Thursday. Entering the game with the Cardinals clinging to a 2-1 lead, he proceeded to strike out Jose Pirela before ending the game by inducing outs from Franchy Cordero and Chase Headley. Norris is now a perfect 8-for-8 in save chances on the season and has pitched to a 2.45 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 25/2 K/BB ratio across 18 1/3 innings.
May 11 - 1:03 AM

Bud Norris (triceps) will be available for Thursday's game against the Padres.

Norris suffered a minor triceps injury on Saturday but resumed throwing on Tuesday and is all set for Thursday night's series opener in San Diego. The right-hander has done a nice job for St. Louis, pitching to a stingy 2.60 ERA while converting all seven of his save opportunities.
May 10 - 6:50 PM

Bud Norris (triceps) long-tossed and threw on flat ground Tuesday.

Norris, who's been sidelined for three games due to triceps tightness, expects to be available for Thursday's series opener against the Padres. "I feel confident I’ll be ready to go," he said. The 33-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.60 ERA and 23/2 K/BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings this season and he is 7-for-7 in save opportunities.
May 9 - 9:53 AM

Bud Norris (triceps) remains unavailable to pitch Monday.

Norris is dealing with right triceps tightness and continues to undergo treatment. He's hoping to be available to pitch by the end of the week. Greg Holland could potentially handle save chances while Norris is sidelined, although the Cardinals might just mix and match.
May 7 - 7:36 PM

Bud Norris said Sunday that his triceps injury could keep him out for another game or two, though it's not something he's alarmed about.

Norris had to be pulled from Saturday's game against the Cubs due to the injury. The Cardinals will likely turn to either Luke Gregerson or Greg Holland should a save situation arise on Sunday.
May 6 - 5:20 PM

Bud Norris left Saturday's game against the Cubs due to a tight triceps muscle.

Norris told's Joe Trezza he expects to avoid the disabled list, but that he'll "need a few days to recover and do treatments." That's promising news for Norris owners, as he's moved into the Cardinals' closer role in recent weeks. Even if he's out a few days, it's hard to advocate adding any of the Cards' other closer options with little certainty they'll get any run.
May 5 - 8:39 PM

Bud Norris left Saturday's game against the Cubs with an undisclosed injury.

Norris left with a trainer during an appearance in the 10th inning of Saturday's contest. The Cardinals should provide an update soon, but any absence would be a big blow to a bullpen that's already dealing with Dominic Leone leaving Friday's game and Greg Holland proving ineffective in recent outings.
May 5 - 5:49 PM

Bud Norris barely held on for his seventh save Friday, giving up two runs in a three-run game against the Cubs.

Thanks to the big cushion tonight, Norris remains perfect in save chances this year. He has pitched three out of the last four days now, so perhaps Luke Gregerson or something else will get a save chance should one arise on Saturday.
May 5 - 12:09 AM

Bud Norris earned a four-out save in the Cardinals' defeat of the White Sox on Wednesday.

Norris put out a fire in the top of the eighth inning before retiring all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth. The 33-year-old right-hander now has a 1.72 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 22/2 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings this season and he is 6-for-6 in save chances. It's looking like he might run away with the Cardinals' closer gig with Greg Holland continuing to struggle.
May 2 - 4:01 PM

Cardinals president John Mozeliak indicated Tuesday that Bud Norris will be the team's closer for the foreseeable future.

Greg Holland has struggled mightily through his first three weeks with St. Louis and Norris holds a 2.03 ERA and 20/2 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings, to go along with two holds and five saves. "I don't think he'll be used in the ninth inning at this time," Mozeliak said of Holland on Tuesday. Norris could run with the gig for a while, even with Holland making a $14 million salary on a one-year deal that was signed on Opening Day.
May 1 - 8:40 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told reporters that Bud Norris is available out of the bullpen on Wednesday.

Norris was unavailable on Tuesday because of "soreness," but it sounds like it was just precautionary, and he'll be available in the late innings against the Mets on Wednesday.
Apr 25 - 5:59 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Bud Norris was not available out of the bullpen Tuesday because of "a little soreness."

Norris showed diminished velocity in his last appearance Sunday versus the Reds, but he still managed a 1-2-3 inning. It doesn't sound like anything overly serious. The 33-year-old right-hander has been serving as the primary closer in St. Louis while $14 million man Greg Holland works out the kinks. It should perhaps be noted that Holland retired all three batters he faced -- two via strikeout -- in the ninth inning of Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Mets.
Apr 25 - 12:10 AM

Bud Norris allowed a run in the ninth inning but still got the save against the Reds on Friday.

He surrendered a walk and two base hits but luckily for him he had a three-run lead to work with. Norris unexpectedly seized the closer's job in St. Louis and has performed well enough to keep it for awhile, especially considering newcomer Greg Holland's struggles thus far. Norris has five saves and a 2.61 ERA.
Apr 21 - 2:04 AM

Bud Norris recorded five outs to nail down a save in the Cardinals' victory over the Cubs on Tuesday.

The Cards asked Norris to get five outs while protecting a two-run lead and he did so with relative ease, striking out three and only allowing a two-out single to Willson Contreras in the ninth inning. Norris is now 4-for-4 in save chances and has an absurd 17/1 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 innings. With Greg Holland struggling again Tuesday, Norris' hold on the St. Louis closer job looks to be pretty tight for now.
Apr 17 - 11:57 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
3Francisco Pena
4Steven Baron
1B1Jose Martinez
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Paul DeJong
2Yairo Munoz
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Marcell Ozuna
2Tyler O'Neill
CF1Tommy Pham
2Harrison Bader
RF1Dexter Fowler
Starting Pitcher
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Michael Wacha
4Miles Mikolas
5Luke Weaver
6Jack Flaherty
7John Gant
8Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
R1Bud Norris
2Greg Holland
3Luke Gregerson
4Tyler Lyons
5Dominic Leone
6Matt Bowman
7Jordan Hicks
8Brett Cecil
9Sam Tuivailala
10Mike Mayers
11John Brebbia