Mike Scioscia

Angels' Bud Norris is carving a niche as a reliever

Angels' Bud Norris is carving a niche as a reliever

The Baltimore Orioles spent the first week of May 2015 in New York to play the Mets and the Yankees. Between his two scheduled starts there, Bud Norris fell ill. He says he lost 25 pounds in a week, his body flushed. He tried to pitch at Yankee Stadium but couldn’t.

“Something happened, whether it was self-inflicted, internal or whatever,” he said. “My body shut down. It was bad. It was not pretty. And Baltimore didn’t know how to diagnose it.”

He went on the disabled list with what the Orioles called bronchitis. His parents flew to visit and make potfuls of soup. He rushed back, didn’t pitch to his 2014 career-best standard, and was cut.

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