Nor­ris put on DL, Morin is re­called

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Pe­dro Moura pe­dro.moura@la­times.com Twit­ter: @pe­dro­moura

NEW YORK — The An­gels re­cently wel­comed Cam Be­drosian back into their bullpen, and they ex­pect to do the same with Hus­ton Street this week. But their hope of de­but­ing a com­plete bullpen was nixed when Bud Nor­ris’ in­flamed right knee flared up af­ter he pitched Sun­day.

Nor­ris was put on the 10day dis­abled list Tues­day and the An­gels re­called right-han­der Mike Morin from triple-A Salt Lake. Man­ager Mike Scios­cia said he ex­pected Nor­ris to be out only the nec­es­sary 10 days.

The knee has both­ered Nor­ris for much of the sea­son. Last month in Mi­ami, he had to exit an ap­pear­ance early be­cause weak­ness within the joint was pre­vent­ing him from fir­ing into his de­liv­ery. But he ex­pressed con­fi­dence he could pitch through it with con­sis­tent treat­ment.

Af­ter he re­layed his lat­est feel­ings Sun­day, he un­der­went an MRI ex­am­i­na­tion, which demon­strated no struc­tural dam­age, ac­cord­ing to Scios­cia.

“We wanted to take the chance to take a half-step back­wards, let it calm down,” the man­ager said.

Nor­ris, 32, signed a mi­nor league con­tract with the An­gels in Jan­uary and be­came their closer af­ter in­juries to the three men who en­tered train­ing camp com­pet­ing for the spot. In 34 games, Nor­ris has 42 strike­outs, 13 walks, a 2.43 earned-run av­er­age and 11 saves in 13 chances.

Scios­cia did not say whom he will next en­trust with clos­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. Even as Nor­ris gar­nered nearly all of the club’s chances in re­cent weeks, Scios­cia bris­tled at sug­ges­tions that he had anointed Nor­ris the team’s closer.

Be­drosian and fel­low right-han­der Blake Parker are two plau­si­ble can­di­dates.

Change of plans for Trout

Scios­cia had said Mike Trout would travel with the team to New York and Boston to re­ha­bil­i­tate his torn thumb lig­a­ment while ob­served by the team’s train­ing staff.

Trout did travel east on the team char­ter, but is not with the team. He’s spend­ing the week work­ing out in his home­town of Mil­lville, N.J.

On Tues­day he took his first swings since the in­jury. When the team travels to Boston on Thurs­day, he is sched­uled to head to Orange County and be­gin hit­ting off a tee. Trout de­vel­oped the plan in tan­dem with two club train­ing staffers.

“We had a cou­ple things out­lined about what he might do,” Scios­cia said. “They all felt he’d get more done go­ing back to the West Coast for the week­end, as op­posed to Boston, where there’s no cage and not a lot that he’s go­ing to be able to get out of there.”

Short hops

Right-han­der Matt Shoe­maker played catch for the first time since he ex­ited early from a start last Wed­nes­day be­cause of a fore­arm strain. He said the strain is feel­ing bet­ter. His hope is to start Sun­day in Boston, the next time his ro­ta­tion spot comes up. … No de­ci­sion has been an­nounced about Doug Fis­ter. The right-han­der can opt out of his con­tract if he’s not called up Wed­nes­day. Fis­ter has been pitch­ing for Salt Lake.

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