NEW YORK -- The Angels placed right-hander Bud Norris on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation on Tuesday, though they're hopeful that they won't be without their closer for long.Manager Mike Scioscia said Norris' knee flared up following Sunday's game against the Royals. An MRI exam revealed no
NEW YORK -- The Angels placed right-hander Bud Norris on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation on Tuesday, though they're hopeful that they won't be without their closer for long.
Manager Mike Scioscia said Norris' knee flared up following Sunday's game against the Royals. An MRI exam revealed no structural damage, and Scioscia said the Angels believe Norris will be able to return to action after the minimum 10 days. Norris' malady first cropped up last month and forced him to prematurely exit an outing in Miami.
"It just seemed like it acted up again, so we wanted to take a chance to take a half-step backward, let it calm down," Scioscia said. "The study that was done says there's no damage other than normal wear and tear in there, so hopefully it'll just be a little shutdown and he's ready to go."
Norris won a spot in the Angels' bullpen as a non-roster invitee out of Spring Training and eventually took over closing duties following the injuries to Cam Bedrosian, Huston Street and Andrew Bailey. The 32-year-old veteran has logged a 2.43 ERA with 11 saves over 33 1/3 innings this season.
With Norris out, the Angels could have Bedrosian handle save situations, as he did at the beginning of the year, but Sciosica said matchups would primarily determine pitching assignments in the ninth. Bedrosian, who was activated from the disabled list on Saturday, pitched one scoreless inning against Kansas City in his return from injury and has not allowed a run in 7 2/3 innings this year.
The Angels recalled right-hander Mike Morin from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday to fill Norris' spot in the bullpen. Another reinforcement could also be on the way soon. Street, who has not pitched for the Angels this season due to a lat strain, tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in a rehab assignment with Salt Lake on Monday and could be activated later this week, according to Scioscia.
The Angels had initially planned to have center fielder Michael Trout accompany the club on its six-day road trip to New York and Boston, but those plans have been slightly altered. Scioscia said Trout is currently rehabbing from thumb surgery in his native New Jersey, where he began taking dry swings on Monday for the first time since suffering the injury. Trout is expected to return to Southern California on Thursday and progress to hitting off a tee and doing soft toss drills this weekend.
• Right-hander Matthew Shoemaker resumed throwing on Tuesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list with a forearm strain last week. Shoemaker played catch from 90 feet and said he is aiming to return to the rotation on Sunday in Boston, though it's not yet clear if he'll be able to meet his goal.
• The Angels are running out of time to make a decision on veteran right-hander Doug Fister, who has a clause in his contract that allows him to ask for his release if he's not on the Major League roster by Wednesday. Scioscia said the club remain undecided on Fister's fate. Fister has a 4.02 ERA in three starts for Salt Lake.
• The Angels have agreed to terms with sixth-round Draft pick Jonah Todd, an outfielder from Auburn, and seventh-round selection Denny Brady, a right-hander from Mercer County Community College, according to Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLBPipeline.com. Todd and Brady signed for $210,000 and $200,00, respectively, both of which are under-slot deals.
Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.