Tigers: Norris won’t be ready to start season

The lower back problems that scratched Daniel Norris from one start and forced him out of another over the past week will keep him off of the Tigers’ Opening Day roster. Manager Brad Ausmus confirmed that Detroit’s young left-hander will not be ready to open the season with the Major League roster.

“He won’t be at this point,” Ausmus said prior to Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays. “From a pitch count perspective, he probably wouldn’t be ready by Opening Day.”

Exactly when Norris will pitch again at any level is to be determined. Norris spent Thursday visiting a back specialist to determine the reasons for the lower back tightness that have limited him. Norris underwent initial tests Tuesday after leaving that day’s game in the first inning, having thrown 25 pitches against the Jays. He was pitching Tuesday because he was scratched from his previously scheduled start against the Marlins last Saturday.

Norris, who won a job in the Jays rotation last year with a dominant Spring Training, has given up seven runs on 12 hits over 6 1/3 innings this year. More importantly, he hasn’t pitched more than two innings in a game this year. Even if he could make his next scheduled start, he would have two starts to build up from around 50 pitches to 90, while also trying to pitch effectively.

The likely fate for Norris is a season-opening stint on the 15-day disabled list. If Norris is ready to pitch before the end of Spring Training, the Tigers could keep the DL as an option by pitching him in minor-league games. If Norris pitches again by the end of camp, Detroit could also option him to the minor leagues, since he has one left and could qualify for a bonus option.

Thus, what looked to be Norris’ job to lose at the back of Detroit’s rotation will come down to Shane Greene, Matt Boyd or Buck Farmer. Boyd is scheduled to face the Blue Jays today, with Greene pitching Friday against the Braves in Lakeland.

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I commented a few posts ago that Hardy is a stalwart reliever and it is just ST. I felt all we needed to worry about with him was an injury. So, guess what? McCoskey reported today that Hardy suffers from “shoulder fatigue.” That probably accounts for Hardy’s velocity having ticked down, as reported by Mr. Beck in his blog response.

The Tigers are right where they were 2 years ago when they let Price and Schurzer go: dead in the water and headed for last place again.

Have been completely unimpressed with pitching. ..yes it’s spring training but geez…today you are playing a mostly B lineup for Toronto and they can’t get them out either. Hitting shouldn’t be a problem but pitching ugh

Patching up the starting pitching with whatever they can find out there. Lohse? It doesn’t give me much confidence.

Listened to Price and Dicker rag on Mayberry and especially his frequency of strike outs. Apparently Upton doing much the same. 15 Ks in 37 ABs, yet no mention from the PR team about that fact.
At least Mayberry has gone yard.

I think our pitching is going to be noticeably better than last year.. My concern is mostly the lack of LHB and a huge question mark in CF.
I actually think Toledo is going to be good for Boyd, Norris and Fullmer this year.

The rumors about Kyle Lohse have been denied. His agent is Boras. Anything can happens

Boras probably started the rumor :>)

true that

Talk to me about pitching when the games count. I love listening to Dan and Jim. Go Tigers!

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