Tigers recall Norris, option Collins
After a season-opening DL stint and a stint in the minors, Daniel Norris is back in the big leagues, though not in the way anyone would’ve imagined going into the season. The Tigers recalled the promising young left-hander from Triple-A Toledo, but he’s expected to serve as an extra arm in the bullpen rather than join the rotation.
Norris was a strong candidate for the fifth spot in Detroit’s rotation out of camp before he injured his back. After an up-and-down rehab assignment, the Tigers optioned him to Toledo full-time to work on his stuff.
The 23-year-old Norris is 0-3 with a 9.98 ERA in four starts for the Mud Hens, allowing 17 earned runs on 23 hits over 15 1/3 innings with 10 walks and 19 strikeouts. He gave up seven earned runs on eight hits over 2 1/3 innings in his most recent start last Friday, allowing four walks against five strikeouts.
To open space on the 25-man roster, the Tigers optioned outfielder Tyler Collins back to Toledo after an uneventful two-day stint in the Majors. Detroit recalled Collins on Monday to restore the bench to full strength for Interleague Play, but he didn’t play in either of the first two games against the Nationals. Andrew Romine got a late-inning assignment in center field on Monday over Collins, who has not appeared in a game since his ill-fated game against Oakland at Comerica Park on April 25.