He replaces Prado, who went on the DL with a thumb sprain; his hand is in a cast. I have no idea why the Braves can’t figure out that you need a backup shortstop. I guess I’ll write Norton up at some point, but I am concerned with the roster construction. They probably aren’t giving up anything of note, a player to be named or cash considerations — I’m guessing the latter.
Moylan went to the 60-day DL to make room for Norton. This can pretty much serve as confirmation that he will have Tommy John surgery.
UPDATE: Frank Wren LOVES Greg Norton.
“We’ve been talking with Seattle off and on since the middle of spring training about Greg,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “We tried to acquire him at the end of spring, but they still had plans for him.”
I think Frank needs help. I also think DOB is being sly:
“He can hit,” Wren said of Norton, who has a .253 average with 82 home runs and and 300 RBIs in the majors, including 17 homers for Tampa Bay in a career-best 2006 season. He also has 544 strikeouts in 2,163 at-bats.
Translation: “He can’t hit much.”