Braves acquire Dirks and Pheifer from the Dodgers

The Braves continued the rebuilding process Thursday with another trade for young pitchers.

With Clayton Kershaw out with a back injury, the Los Angeles Dodgers needed a starting pitcher. Some may have thoughts it would be Julio Teheran, but instead it's Bud Norris who was sent to the Dodgers.

The Braves get left-handed reliever Phil Pfeifer and right-handed reliever Caleb Dirks in exchange for Norris and Dian Toscano, who was stuck in Double-A Mississippi.

Norris was 3-7 overall with a 4.22 ERA in 22 games (10 starts). He allowed 68 hits in 70.1 innings, with 28 walks and 60 strikeouts. He started the season in the rotation, but after five games in April Norris was banished to the bullpen. He had allowed 22 earned runs in 22.2 innings (8.74 ERA). Then he went to the bullpen and had a 1.96 ERA in 12 appearances.

When Mike Foltynewicz went on the disabled list in early-June, Norris returned to the rotation and made five solid starts. He allowed just seven earned runs in 29.1 innings, with eight walks and 29 strikeouts.

Dirks was originally a Braves prospect, but Atlanta traded him to the Dodgers last year for an international bonus slot. He pitched in 28 games this season for Double-A Tulsa and had a 1.44 ERA, with only seven walks and 35 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.

Pfeifer was a third-round draft pick last year from Vanderbilt. He pitched in 17 games this season in A-ball and had a 2.67 ERA, with 42 strikeouts in 30.1 innings.

Toscano signed with the Braves early in 2015 out of Cuba. He was hitting just .226 in 177 at bats for Mississippi this season with no home runs and 10 RBI.

The Braves will likely make several more similar deals with veterans going for young prospects before the August 1 traded deadline.

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