Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson was removed one inning into his first start of the season Sunday.
Anderson had not pitched this season while recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. He threw 30 pitches in a first inning that lasted 17 minutes.
Norris made only one rehab start after being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right lat muscle. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits for Rancho Cucamonga, throwing 46 strikes among 59 pitches. His fastball topped out at 96 mph.
He’s effectively taking the rotation spot held by Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy was placed on the 15-day DL Sunday with stiffness in his right hip.
The Dodgers will keep Julio Urias and Ross Stripling on the active roster as long relievers along with Brock Stewart, who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier Sunday. Stewart took over for Brett Anderson after one inning Sunday.
Justin Turner was held out of the Dodgers’ starting lineup for a second consecutive game because of a swollen right hand. Turner suffered the injury when he was jammed by a fastball in the Dodgers’ 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“There’s a much better chance of getting him back in the lineup Tuesday instead of trying to play him today and re-aggravate it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Roberts said that Turner’s injury is not serious enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list. Turner, the Dodgers’ primary number-3 hitter and third baseman, is hitting .274 with a .341 on-base percentage. He’s hit 21 home runs in 110 games, establishing a new career high.
Clayton Kershaw played catch at Dodger Stadium on Sunday. It’s at least the third straight day Kershaw has played catch, each time showing no effects of the back injury that landed him on the 60-day disabled list.
“Yesterday he said he feels good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think Clayton’s always going to be the aggressor. The training staff is mindful of him wanting to get back sooner than later. We expect him back sometime during September.”
Kershaw will stay behind in Los Angeles while the Dodgers embark on a road trip to Philadelphia and Cincinnati this week. The left-hander is not expected to throw off a mound during that time. Roberts said that’s at least least seven days away from happening.
Left-hander Rich Hill, meanwhile, was scheduled to throw a rehab game tomorrow for Triple-A Oklahoma City. But he threw a bullpen session under the watchful eye of Roberts, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and head athletic trainer Neil Rampe on Sunday. Hill is on the DL with a blister on his left middle finger.
The Dodgers had been targeting Hill to return Friday in Cincinnati. That’s still possible, though when, where and if his minor-league rehab will take place could change.