Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris went dead center off Jon Lester in his first career at-bat Wednesday …
That wasn’t just the first major league plate appearance for Norris. It was his first place appearance at any level of professional baseball. Lester had allowed just three home runs to left-handers all year. Crazy.
Norris, 22, was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in last month’s David Price trade.
David Price has been pitching fantastically since coming over to the Blue Jays. He’s so giddy that he didn’t even mind the drug test MLB gave him on Saturday:
One of my favorite things is the low murmur around baseball about how MLB tests guys who are playing well more than they test other guys. I’ve never seen any data to back this up and it’s antithetical to the entire drug testing regime, but I think a lot of people, players included, believe it.
As announced late Saturday night by the Rays’ official Twitter account, left-hander Drew Smyly has been activated from the disabled list and will start Sunday in Tampa Bay’s series finale against the Rangers. Kirby Yates was optioned to Triple-A Durham to clear out a 25-man roster spot.
Smyly has been sidelined since the first week of May with a partially-torn labrum in his left shoulder. The 26-year-old southpaw had a 2.70 ERA in three starts before the injury and boasts a 1.96 ERA in 10 total appearances (64 1/3 innings) since joining the Rays in last summer’s David Price trade.
Smyly is under contractual control with Tampa Bay through the 2018 season.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays starter Drew Smyly will be activated from the disabled list and rejoin the rotation on Sunday in Texas against the Rangers.
Smyly has been out since early May due to a partial labrum tear in his left shoulder. Though the results weren’t pretty, he was able to get through four minor league rehab starts without issue.
Smyly, 26, came to the Rays at the trade deadline last year in the three-way David Price trade that involved the Tigers and the Mariners. In 10 starts for the Rays, the lefty has a 1.96 ERA with a 65/14 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings.