Bud Norris didn’t have to go far to join his new team.
The Baltimore Orioles acquired the right-hander from the Houston Astros at the non-waiver trade deadline Wednesday.
The Astros were in Baltimore for a three-game series, and Norris, 28, is scheduled to start for the Orioles against his former team Thursday.
The Orioles sent outfielder L.J. Hoes, minor league left-hander Josh Hader and a compensatory draft pick in 2014 to the Astros for Norris, who is 6-9 with a 3.93 earned-run average.
The 2009 Pacific Coast League pitcher of the year while with the Red Rock Express is one of 66 pitchers to strike out four batters in a half-inning. He fanned four Milwaukee Brewers on April 24, 2012.
As Norris joins the rotation, Jason Hammel slides out of it. The 2000 South Kitsap graduate was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his right arm. Hammel was slated to start Saturday against Seattle.
Hammel is 7-8 with a 5.20 ERA in 21 starts, but winless since May 27.
“Honestly, until the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging test) comes back I don’t know how to describe it other than that it’s tight,” Hammel said. “Sometimes it feels like it grabs when I throw. It’s not like a pinch, but I think tightness is the one thing we can label it as. It’s not allowing me to fully extend when I pitch.”
Baltimore’s opening-day starter said the nagging issue began during spring training, and it’s most noticeable when he throws a slider.
“I figured I could pitch through it. As of right now, it’s really not what’s best for this team,” Hammel said. “I haven’t been pitching to my capability, and it’s really not worth going out there and further injuring myself.”
Other trades Wednesday:
• The Astros sent outfielder Justin Maxwell to the Royals for minor league pitcher Kyle Smith.
• Right-hander Ian Kennedy, who won 21 games in 2011, was sent by Arizona to San Diego for left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, minor league right-hander Matt Stites and a compensatory draft pick.
MOLINA NEEDS REST
The Cardinals said All-Star catcher Yadier Molina’s sprained right knee needs rest, not surgery, and placed him on the 15-day DL.
The Cardinals also placed Shane Robinson (sprained shoulder) on the 15-day DL and recalled outfielder Adron Chambers and utility player Brock Peterson, a 2002 graduate of W.F. West High School, from Triple-A Memphis.
Detroit third baseman and reigning Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera (strained abdomen) didn’t play Wednesday against Washington, and after a day off Thursday hopes to return to action Friday against the White Sox. … Tampa Bay All-Star left-hander Matt Moore (14-3, 3.41 ERA) was put on the DL with a sore left elbow. … The Yankees will honor retiring closer Mariano Rivera with a ceremony on Sept. 22 before New York plays the San Francisco Giants. … Angels reliever Sean Burnett won’t pitch again this season because of a torn flexor tendon in his left elbow. … The Brewers put right-hander Yovani Gallardo on the DL with a strained left hamstring. … The Indians sent right-handed reliever Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A Columbus.