Bud Norris gave Dodger fans quite the first impression on Friday going 6 innings and striking out 8! Of course, most of us are still mourning over Kershaw being placed on the disabled list, but Norris’ first outing shows that there is hope!
Now I know what you’re thinking, “There is no way Norris can replace Kershaw!” That is not why he is here though. Norris is here to provide support to our suddenly disabled pitching staff. Our very own Elisa Hernandez really put the Dodgers’ situation into perspective when she pointed out that our disabled list could be a full pitching rotation!
— Elisa Hernandez (@EHernandezTV) July 1, 2016
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So what did Norris have to say about his first outing and the trade in general? Here are some of the highlights!
“It’s exciting for me to come back home and play on the west coast and be in a pennant race again.”
“I just really want to do my part to help this club out and really run something into the postseason and make a run at it.”
Ned Colletti and Jerry Hairston Jr. added their two cents to Norris’ first start as well!
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) July 2, 2016
Lastly, here is what skipper Dave Roberts had to say about his new starting pitcher!
There is no telling what the future holds for Bud Norris. Will he remain in our starting rotation? Will he move to the bullpen and help out the team in the later innings? The only thing that is certain is that Norris has the chops to help the team out now, and his start on Friday proved that!
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