BOSTON — There’s a chance struggling Braves right-hander Bud Norris won’t make his next scheduled start, Monday at the Mets.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell met with Norris on Thursday to analyze his rough start the night before against the Red Sox. Gonzalez was noncommittal when asked if Norris would take his next turn in the rotation.
“We’re still hashing through that and talking though that kind of stuff to see what’s best for him, and what’s best for us,” Gonzalez said. “But I think the No. 1 priority is to get him fixed.”
If Norris is pulled from the rotation the Braves could call on right-hander Mike Foltynewicz from Triple-A Gwinnett. In four games this season with Gwinnett, Foltynewicz has a 2.05 ERA with 20 strikeouts and 14 walks over 22 innings.
Norris lasted just 1 1/3 innings against the Red Sox while allowing six runs on seven hits, including Dustin Pedroia’s grand slam. Since allowing three runs over seven innings against the Nationals in his first start this season, Norris has posted a 10.91 ERA over his past four starts while pitching a total of 15 2/3 innings.
“He feels like he’s throwing the ball well enough to get better results but obviously he’s not,” Gonzalez said. “You’ve got to look at the numbers. We are looking at videos, we are watching him. We are getting a lot of his input (because) this guy has been around and he knows his body and what he needs to do. We will go forward and try to get him on track.”
The Braves signed Norris to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the expectation that he would rebound from a poor 2015 campaign. He added strength during the offseason after losing weight last year while battling a bout of bronchitis while pitching for the Orioles and Padres.
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