Derek Norris says Angel Pagan “was just being kind of a d***head”

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Fun stuff from the ninth inning of yesterday’s Giants-Padres game.

Angel Pagan was facing Craig Kimbrel, with Derek Norris behind the plate. Pagan tossed his gum away and it ended up hitting Norris’ glove. Norris didn’t much care for that and the exchanged words for a minute. When they resumed, Kimbrel’s next pitch to Pagan was up and in.

Was this all about gum? Apparently so. Just ask Derek Norris after the game:

Fair enough. Maybe it’d have more gravitas as a statement if it didn’t come from someone who spends entire games spitting into and around the batters boxes where dudes have to stand all day, but he believes what he believes and expresses it clearly.

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Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.