A bout of bronchitis has sent Orioles starter Bud Norris to the disabled list. The team announced the move on Monday night after Norris had to miss a scheduled start over the weekend due to the illness. The O's called up minor leaguer Tyler Wilson to replace him on the roster. Wilson will be making his major league debut the first time he gets into a game.
Though Norris wasn't scheduled to pitch in the next series, the team needed to make the move because Wilson was pulled from Norfolk to Baltimore and placed on the taxi squad, meaning he had to be activated by 8pm Monday. The Orioles made the move at 7:40pm. Dan Duquette is not one to rush these things.
Norris is on the disabled list retroactive to May 11, which means he'll be eligible to come off on May 26. You can kind of imagine the Orioles will do everything they can to make sure Norris tries to work back to form on a rehab assignment before he's activated. Even before the bronchitis, Norris hadn't exactly been pitching at his best, accumulating a 9.88 ERA for the season.
O's manager Buck Showalter told reporters that Norris has lost about 10 pounds since getting sick. That's nothing to mess around with and definitely is not your run of the mill cold that passes in a couple of days.
This is the 12th time the Orioles have had to place someone on the disabled list this season. As Showalter likes to say, "Nobody is going to feel sorry for us."
If he appears in a game, Wilson will be the fourth Oriole to make his MLB debut this season, joining Jason Garcia, Rey Navarro, and Mike Wright. With Wright having just been used on Sunday, Wilson could be there for long relief insurance or perhaps even as a backup to start in case Chris Tillman's back issue flares up again.
Wilson was the organization's Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year winner in 2014. May he honor that victory by never giving up a grand slam.