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Norris will start Saturday against the Astros, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Andrew Heaney (shoulder) isn't ready to return, and that means the Angels will have to go with another bullpen game, headed by Norris, while in the midst of the wild-card hunt. Norris has struggled to an 8.84 ERA and 1.91 WHIP since the All-Star break and he only went two innings (21 pitches) last week in his first start of the season.
Diaz fired a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Rangers, allowing one hit.
Manager Scott Servais opted to give Diaz some work after he'd last taken the mound Sept. 13. The 23-year-old right-hander has only had one hiccup this month, a Sept. 6 outing versus the Astros in which he surrendered two earned runs over an inning while taking his sixth loss ot the season. Diaz has largely fulfilled expectations overall in his first full-time campaign as closer, converting 32 of 36 save opportunities while racking up 84 strikeouts over 62.1 innings.
Simmons fired a scoreless eighth inning in Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Rangers, striking out the side.
Simmons has been a pleasant late-season surprise for manager Scott Servais, as he's strung together six consecutive scoreless efforts. He's allowed just one hit over that span while also racking up seven strikeouts, an impressive overall tally after he missed the majority of the season with a forearm injury.
Whitley fired a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's 8-1 win over the Cubs, allowing a hit and recording a strikeout.
Whitley snapped back to form after allowing four runs (two earned) over an inning to the Red Sox last Friday. The 28-year-old right-hander has had a strong September otherwise, generating four scoreless efforts and a 6:1 K:BB over 5.1 innings. However, his lack of hold opportunities can be a drag on his value in formats that take the metric into account, even as he sports a solid 3.36 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.
Stanek allowed an earned run on two hits and a walk over an inning in Wednesday's 8-1 win over the Cubs. He also recorded two strikeouts.
Stanek has had a rough go of it since being recalled from Triple-A Durham upon rosters expanding in September. He's now allowed an earned run in four of his five appearances, leading to an 8.31 ERA across 4.1 innings. The 26-year-old right-hander does bring plenty of strikeout upside, already having racked up nine whiffs over that span. However, he's allowed 12 earned runs over 11 frames in his last nine major-league appearances overall, a stretch that's seen his ERA rise from 1.29 to 6.88.
Ramirez's incredible 47.2-innings scoreless streak ended Wednesday when he allowed four runs on three hits and a walk in a loss to Kansas City.
The right-hander's eye-popping streak lasted through stints in Double-A New Hampshire, Triple-A Buffalo and now Toronto. According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, the 26-year-old converted outfielder is one of three pitchers in MLB history to not allow a hit in six of his first seven big-league games. "It has been an incredible year for the kid," manager John Gibbons said. "It was going to happen." Ramirez will likely begin 2018 back in Buffalo, but he'll certainly get a long look in spring training to see if he's ready to contribute at the big-league level.
Scott made his MLB debut Wednesday against Boston, allowing a pair of runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one in an eventful eighth inning.
In his first big-league game, the left-hander unveiled a 100 mph fastball, and a devastating slider that got Deven Marrero swinging and missing on three straight pitches. A broken bat single and a slow reaction by Scott to cover first base led to some avoidable damage. Manager Buck Showalter was pleased with the prospect's overall outing, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. "As advertised," Showalter said." About like I thought it would be. The slider has come a long way for him. ... His presentation was good. He didn't always show it. He's always been that type of guy. That's what's intriguing about him."
Jimenez pitched a scoreless inning in Wednesday's loss to the Athletics, allowing one hit and striking out two.
Jimenez has now gone two straight appearances without allowing a run. While that doesn't sound like much, it's a step in the right direction for a guy with an 11.94 ERA and 2.19 WHIP. Jimenez has electric stuff, and the Tigers organization is hoping he learns to harness it effectively. The 22-year-old should get a few more appearances before the season is over as the team looks toward 2018.
Shreve (4-1) was credited with the win after throwing three shutout innings with three strikeouts to just one walk in Wednesday's win over the Twins.
Though he's not typically deployed in a long-man role, manager Joe Girardi had to get creative after getting just three innings out of starter Luis Severino. Shreve was extremely efficient, needing just 33 pitches for the three frames to grab his first win since July. The southpaw will likely continue to be called upon to get lefties out, but he also proved capable of providing length Wednesday.
Claudio gave up a hit and struck out one over two scoreless innings Wednesday to record his 10th save of the season in an 8-6 win over the Mariners.
After the Rangers exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning it didn't look like Claudio's services would be needed, but after Matt Bush failed to record an out to begin the eighth, manager Jeff Banister elected to take no chances and turned to his closer. The lefty likely won't be available Thursday, but expect him to see heavy use down stretch as the club tries to close the gap on the Twins for the final wild-card spot in the AL.