Norris leaves start with injury
Daniel Norris’ latest test for the fifth spot in the Tigers rotation ended in the first inning, when he left Tuesday’s start against the Blue Jays with an injury.
Norris pitched Tuesday because he was scratched from his previously scheduled start Saturday with lower back stiffness. He struggled through a 25-pitch opening inning against his old club, including a nine-game battle with Jose Bautista that ended in a walk ahead of Troy Tulowitzki’s three-run home run.
Norris gave up a Chris Colabello double after Tulowitzki’s homer, then threw back-to-back fastballs up to Justin Smoak. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand and manager Brad Ausmus walked out to check on Norris, eventually pulled from the game.
Norris walked gingerly with Rand straight to the Tigers clubhouse in the right-field corner.
Norris, acquired from Toronto in the David Price trade last July, is competing with Shane Greene and Matt Boyd for a spot in Detroit’s rotation. While his repertoire has shown glimpses of last year’s form, his results have been inconsistent. With Tuesday’s three runs against one out recorded, Norris has given up seven runs on 12 hits over 6 1/3 innings with four walks and eight strikeouts.
Before Tuesday’s game, Ausmus noted the importance of the start.
“We definitely need to see a step forward,” Ausmus said Tuesday morning.