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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 notched a save with a scoreless ninth Friday against the Marlins.
Norris always figured to wind up in the Cardinals bullpen, but the team did stretch him out as a starter initially this spring before a minor hamstring injury cost him some time. As a reliever, Norris is an alternative to Luke Gregerson in the closer's role, though probably a weaker one than Dominic Leone and Tyler Lyons. Mar 16 - 4:06 PM

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The Cardinals will use Bud Norris (hamstring) exclusively as a reliever moving forward.

The team planned to keep Norris stretched out in case he might be needed to start, but his best chance at contributing has always been as a reliever and he expressed a desire to the Cards to stay in that role. Norris could be in the mix for saves on a team that has an unsettled ninth inning situation. He's been out with a hamstring issue lately but is nearing a return to games.
Mar 9 - 4:12 PM

Bud Norris (hamstring) threw live batting practice on Tuesday.

Norris left an appearance on Friday with a left hamstring spasm. It's not a major concern, but the Cardinals wanted him to pitch in a situation where he doesn't have to cover first base. He should be back in Grapefruit League action before long.
Mar 6 - 11:07 AM

Bud Norris had to leave Friday's appearance because of a left hamstring spasm.

Norris initially tweaked the hamstring in the first inning but didn't leave until he felt it again in the second. It sounds like a day-to-day situation, but the Cardinals won't push it.
Mar 2 - 2:27 PM

Bud Norris was lifted from an appearance Friday with an undisclosed injury.

Norris appeared to tweak his left hamstring in the first inning and aggravate it in the second. The Cardinals should update Norris' status later Friday.
Mar 2 - 2:03 PM

Cardinals signed RHP Bud Norris to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The deal was agreed to on Monday and then finalized Wednesday morning after Norris arrived at Cardinals camp in Jupiter, Florida and passed his physical. Norris will compete for a spot in the St. Louis rotation this spring, but the 32-year-old right-hander figures to settle into a bullpen role before the team heads north for the regular season. He registered a 4.21 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 74/27 K/BB ratio in 62 innings last year with the Angels.
Feb 14 - 10:18 AM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Bud Norris could be considered as a starter.

Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Norris has a one-year deal with the Cardinals worth $3 million guaranteed. Odds are he'll be used out of the bullpen with his new club, but Goold writes that the Cardinals are open to giving Norris another chance as a starter if their young pitchers (Luke Weaver, Jack Flaherty, among others) need more time in the minors. Either way, it's nice to have options. Norris has extensive experience in the rotation, but he made 57 out of his 60 appearances with the Angels last year from the bullpen, even earning 19 saves.
Feb 12 - 1:54 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cardinals have signed free agent right-hander Bud Norris, pending a physical.

It's reportedly a one-year deal, but details aren't yet available. Norris was very effective in the closer role with the Angels during the first half last season, though he faded while dealing with some knee issues and ultimately finished with a 4.21 ERA over 60 appearances (including three starts). Still, he struck out 74 batters in 62 innings and saw an uptick velocity out of the bullpen. If healthy, he could be an interesting piece for St. Louis, who have some uncertainty in the late innings.
Feb 12 - 10:37 AM

Bud Norris started and threw three shutout innings in a bullpen game against the White Sox on Thursday.

It's the second time in the last week that Norris has started a bullpen game, and he showed well both times. The right-hander owns a 4.21 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 74/27 K/BB ratio in 62 innings on the year.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 11:19:00 PM

Bud Norris took a loss in his start against the Astros on Saturday, allowing one run in 3 1/3 innings.

He gave up a couple of singles that produced a run in the first inning and that was enough to peg him with a loss. He surrendered just three knocks and one walk while notching two strikeouts in the short start. The veteran journeyman spent most of the season as the Angels' closer but two of his last three outings have been starts as his team scrambles for a potential Wild Card slot. For the season he is 2-6 with 19 saves and a 4.42 ERA. He has 70 strikeouts in 59 innings.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 04:18:00 PM

Bud Norris will make another start for the Angels on Saturday in Houston.

Norris went just two innings to kick off a bullpen game for Anaheim last Friday versus the Rangers and he's not a recommended fantasy streamer Saturday in what will likely be an abbreviated outing versus the American League West champions. The 32-year-old right-hander holds a 4.35 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 55 2/3 total innings this season.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 01:57:00 PM

Bud Norris pitched two scoreless innings in his start against the Rangers on Friday.

It was a bullpen night for the Angels, and all they were hoping for was two innings from Norris in his first start after 56 relief appearances this year. He's pitched four scoreless innings since coming off the disabled list on Sept. 6.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 01:39:00 AM

Angels activated RHP Bud Norris from the 10-day disabled list.

Norris was out for exactly 10 days with inflammation in his right knee. He still has some discomfort, but the 32-year-old right-hander is going to try to pitch through it for the Wild Card-hunting Angels. He'll work in middle relief down the stretch.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 01:36:00 PM

Bud Norris (knee) will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.

Norris still has some inflammation in his right knee, but he's going to try to pitch through it down the stretch as the Angels attempt to claim an American League Wild Card spot. The righty reliever owns a hideous 9.82 ERA in 17 appearances since the All-Star break and figures to work in a lower-leverage role out of the gate.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 08:02:00 PM

Bud Norris (knee) threw a bullpen session Monday.

Norris landed on the disabled list last week with renewed inflammation in his right knee. Barring any setbacks, he should rejoin the Angels' bullpen in the next few days.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 02:31:00 PM

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C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
3Francisco Pena
4Steven Baron
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Jose Martinez
3Luke Voit
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
3Breyvic Valera
SS1Paul DeJong
3B1Jedd Gyorko
LF1Marcell Ozuna
CF1Tommy Pham
2Harrison Bader
3Oscar Mercado
RF1Dexter Fowler
Starting Pitcher
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Michael Wacha
4Miles Mikolas
5Luke Weaver
6Jack Flaherty
7Alex Reyes
8John Gant
Relief Pitcher
R1Luke Gregerson
2Dominic Leone
3Tyler Lyons
4John Brebbia
5Matt Bowman
6Brett Cecil
7Bud Norris
8Ryan Sherriff
9Sam Tuivailala
10Joshua Lucas
11Preston Guilmet