Things started off well enough for Bud Norris in an Atlanta Braves uniform with a 7 inning start where he gave up 3 earned runs. Not superb, but certainly not terrible and in line with the Braves expectations when they signed him to a one year, $2.5 million contract in the offseason as a pitcher who would eat innings and put up solid, if unremarkable results on the mound.
Since then however, ugh.
Sporting an 8.74 ERA on the year, Norris has failed to pitch more than 5.1 innings in the four starts since his first start in a Braves uniform with results ranging from not good to horrific. He has given up 6 home runs and 19 earned runs in his last 4 starts, including a disaster last night in Boston where he couldn't escape the second inning and gave up 7 hits, 2 walks, and 6 earned runs.
It appears as though the Braves are at least considering moving on from Norris.
As mentioned in the report, manager Fredi Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger Mcdowell met with Norris to talk about his struggles both in general as well as specifically in the Boston game. While nothing has been announced yet, its clear that the Braves are beginning to question the wisdom of running Bud out there every 5th day if he is going to get killed each time. The Braves have also shown a willingness to give a quick hook this season when Williams Perez got yanked from the rotation in favor of touted pitching prospect Aaron Blair.
A couple of probable candidates for Norris' spot in the rotation include John Gant, who rejoined Atlanta earlier this week in exchange for "former top prospect" Ryan Weber, as well as Mike Foltynewicz and Tyrell Jenkins who both already occupy spots on the 40 man roster and are currently pitching in AAA for Gwinnett.