LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers on Thursday recalled Ross Stripling from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start on Saturday afternoon against the Red Sox at Dodger Stadium, and placed pitcher Bud Norris on the 15-day disabled list with a mild back strain.
Norris left his last start on Sunday against Arizona after just two batters, feeling something in his back. He stayed behind in Los Angeles for treatment while the team was in Colorado, and during the week had an MRI that showed a mild mid-back strain.
The Dodgers have now placed 26 different players on the disabled list in 2016, extending their own National League record and one shy of the major league record set by the 2012 Red Sox.
Norris has a 4.34 ERA in 29 innings for the Dodgers since joining the club on June 30, with 32 strikeouts and six unintentional walks.
Stripling was optioned to Triple-A on Tuesday, and normally would have to remain in the minors for at least 10 days before returning to the majors, but since he is replacing a player going on the disabled list Stripling is allowed the early return. For purposes of his MLB salary and service time, Stripling gets full credit for having remained with the team continuously, ignoring Tuesday’s transaction.
Stripling last pitched on Sunday, throwing 51 pitches in 3⅔ innings in relief of Norris. In 12 games this season for the Dodgers, including eight starts, Stripling has a 4.14 ERA with 40 strikeouts and 20 walks in 54⅓ innings.