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Dodgers News: RHP Bud Norris to Start in Replace of Clayton Kershaw vs. Rockies

Jun 26, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Bud Norris (20) pitches against the New York Mets during the third inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been on the road for the past week. In the wake of Clayton Kershaw’s injury the Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Bud Norris from the Atlanta Braves.

Norris will make his start in replace of Kershaw on Friday. As the Dodgers open up the series, he will make his Dodger debut vs. Colorado Rockies’ Jorge De La Rosa.

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So far this season, Norris has a 4.22 ERA in 70 innings pitched. Fortunately, Norris has been more successful in his last 5 starts recording a 2.15 ERA.

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The move to sign Norris happened on Thursday along with manager Dave Roberts announcing Norris will start on Friday.

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With the season halfway through, what does Norris’ signing do for the team? What does his contract mean for the Dodgers payroll?

From Eric Stephen, TrueBlueLA:

Norris is making $2.5 million in 2016, and with 94 days remaining in the season has approximately $1,284,153 remaining. Dian Toscano is making $1 million in 2016, so there is roughly $513,661 left on his 2016 salary.

The Dodgers are receiving money from the Braves in the deal, with Mark Bowman of MLB.com reporting that amount at $1 million, and David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution saying “about $1 million.”

Using $1 million as the amount received from Atlanta, for 2016 the Dodgers added roughly $797,814. But they also [have Toscano’s] contract that still has another $3 million due after this season. The 27-year-old outfielder, who is not on the 40-man roster, will make $1.3 million in 2017 and $1.5 million in 2018, and then has a $1.7 million club option in 2019 with  $200,000 buyout.

The front office needed to make a move with Kershaw sidelined and they did. The Dodgers will begin their longest home stand before the All-Star break with a 3-game series vs. the Rockies followed by a 3-game series vs. the Baltimore Orioles, and will close it out with a 4-game series vs. the San Diego Padres. Their next road trip is July 15th.

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