Pitching for the Dodgers has proven to be hazardous to one's health in 2016. Bud Norris is the latest to succumb to the injury bug, leaving his start against the Diamondbacks on Sunday after just 13 pitches with muscle tightness in his back.
Norris walked Jean Segura to lead off the game, then during Michael Bourn's at-bat Norris reached for his back after delivering his seventh pitch of the game. That brought a visit from trainer Nate Lucero and manager Dave Roberts, but after a pair of warmup pitches Norris remained in the game.
Six pitches later, popped out behind second base.
That proved to be the last batter Norris would face, as Roberts and Lucero visited the mound again, this time to remove Norris from the game.
Ross Stripling replaced Norris in relief, with one out in the first inning.
Roberts said after the game that Norris had lat tightness, and that he would likely be able to make his next start.
The Dodgers currently have starting pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood, Brett Anderson and Hyun-jin Ryu on the DL, joined by relief pitchers Chris Hatcher, Casey Fien and Chin-hui Tsao.
The club was already in the market for starting pitching before Norris went down, with the club currently carrying only four starting pitchers.
Norris is 3-2 with a 4.26 ERA with the Dodgers (the first-inning run on Sunday was unearned), with 32 strikeouts and six unintentional walks in 29 innings. He was acquired from the Braves on June 30.