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Los Angeles Dodgers acquire Cal Poly alum Bud Norris to fill in for injured Clayton Kershaw

Former Cal Poly baseball standout and eight-year MLB veteran Bud Norris was traded from the Atlanta Braves to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.
Former Cal Poly baseball standout and eight-year MLB veteran Bud Norris was traded from the Atlanta Braves to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. AP

Bud Norris is coming back to the West Coast.

The former Cal Poly baseball star and eight-year Major League Baseball veteran was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team announced Thursday.

Norris, 31, went 3-7 with a 4.22 ERA in 22 games with the Atlanta Braves before being traded. It’s been an up-and-down season for Norris, who was brought into the Dodgers organization in exchange for a pair of minor league pitchers.

After a short stint in the bullpen earlier this year, Norris returned to the Braves’ starting rotation in early June and has posted a 2.15 ERA with 29 strikeouts and eight walks in more than 29 innings. He hasn’t allowed a home run since April and fills an immediate need in Los Angeles for starting pitching.

Norris was expected to start Friday’s game against the Colorado Rockies in place of Los Angeles’ ace Clayton Kershaw, who recently went to the disabled list with a lower back injury.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Norris, who will be a free agent after this season, the Dodgers designated pitcher Ian Thomas for a minor league assignment.

Thursday’s trade marks the fifth team Norris has played for since being drafted in the sixth round by the Houston Astros in 2006. He spent five years in Houston, three with the Baltimore Orioles and one with the San Diego Padres before landing in Atlanta this season.

He will be reunited with former Cal Poly standout and current Dodgers reliever Casey Fien in Los Angeles.

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