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Orioles designate right-hander Bud Norris for assignment

In making their trade to acquire outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers official, the Orioles also designated right-hander Bud Norris for assignment, parting ways with a key piece of their 2014 starting rotation.

In making their trade for outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers official, the Orioles also designated right-hander Bud Norris for assignment, parting with a key piece of their 2014 starting rotation.

The Orioles had been attempting to find a trade partner for Norris in recent weeks, but were unsuccessful. They still could by today's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.

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Norris, who won a career-high 15 games last season, lost his rotation spot earlier this month after starting the season 2-7 with a 6.79 ERA. He was sent to the bullpen for the first time in his big league career to pitch in mostly long relief.

As a reliever, Norris posted an 8.44 ERA over 10 2/3 relief innings. He was charged with four runs on six hits over 2 2/3 relief innings in the Orioles' 9-8 loss to the Tigers on Thursday.

A strong personality with a blue-collar mentality who pitched with fearlessness on the mound, Norris played a big role with last season's division-winning club.

Norris was 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA in 28 starts with the Orioles last season. He was the winning pitcher in the team's series-clinching ALDS Game 3 win in Detroit, tossing 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 2-1 victory.

It earned him an $8.8 million contract for 2015.

This season, Norris struggled in spring training and got off to a rocky start before missing four weeks with a bout with bronchitis. Once he returned on June 7, he made five starts before being demoted to the bullpen when the club decided to keep right-hander Kevin Gausman in the rotation.

Shortly after the Orioles officially announced their trade for Parra – the team sent Triple-A Norfolk pitcher Zach Davies to Milwaukee in the deal – Norris posted this tweet from his account (@BudNorris25).

"Dear #Birdland, I'm sorry it got to this. 2014 was magical. I got sick and haven't been right since. Wish my teammates nothing but the best."

eencina@baltsun.com
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