Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris experienced a real emotional roller-coaster during his Wednesday start.
First the 22-year-old rookie acquired from the Blue Jays in the David Price trade last month hit a home run in the first at-bat of his entire professional career–minors or majors. And then he exited the game in the fifth inning with an oblique strain.
And now he’s headed to the disabled list. Given the typical recovery timetable for oblique injuries it’s possible he’s thrown his last pitch of the season, in which case Norris would finish the year with a 4.43 ERA and 34/17 K/BB ratio in 45 innings split between Toronto and Detroit.
He’s a huge part of the Tigers’ plans in 2016 and beyond.
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.