Does Bud Norris Have A Shot At Long-Term Closer Role?

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Updated: April 28, 2017

After nine Major League seasons last Saturday pitcher Bud Norris converted his first career save. The former starting pitcher has notched four saves this season, and could be seeing plenty more opportunities. His latest save was in a 2-1 victory over Oakland on Thursday night.

According to Maria Guardado, manager Mike Scioscia had this to say after last night’s victory. “He’s walking around like a closer,” manager Mike Scioscia said afterward. “He’s filling the role, and he’s doing a great job.”

This is a new role for Norris who spent most of his career as a starting pitcher. This spring Norris was a Spring Training invitee, and has made the most of it. The closer role was basically given to Norris after all his competition went on the disabled list.

The original plan was to use Norris as a multiple inning reliever, but well, plans change. Manager Mike Scioscia has not named Norris the closer, but he has four saves already. Norris is embracing his chance as the Halos closer even if it’s just an interim position.

“I’m really enjoying it,” Norris said Thursday before the game. “This bullpen thing has been new, but I’m really taking the ball and running with it. I have a lot of good guys down there teaching me how to stay loose and take care of my body. But at the end of the day, it’s just going out there and executing pitches when you get in the moment. The game speeds up, you really hear the crowd in the ninth inning, and that’s something that you can really build off of. I’m really enjoying it, and I hope it can help me propel my career for a long time.”

Right now Norris is getting the job done, but will it last? Once Cam Bedrosian, and Andrew Bailey return will Norris still be closing out games? Hey, don’t fix it if it ain’t broke, but we’ll see what the Angels decide to do.

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