Blue Jays rookie Daniel Norris is struggling with “dead-arm phase”

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Blue Jays left-hander Daniel Norris failed to make it out of third inning Sunday against the Braves, allowing five runs while recording eight outs, and afterward the 22-year-old rookie told reporters he’s going through a “dead-arm phase.”

You can’t do anything to fix it. It’s just kind of, get through it. … Dead arm is something where you feel 100 percent fine; it’s just that it doesn’t come out like it usually does. And even if I throw one that says 93 or 94, it just doesn’t have the same life on it, and I can’t really command it the way that I’m used to. This happens to everybody. It’s happened numerous times in my life. It’s just a matter of getting through it.

Not exactly a great thing to hear about a top prospect following his fourth big-league start, but “dead arm” is something pitchers often go through. Many times it’s nothing, but there have certainly been cases when it leads to a more serious issue. Norris is scheduled to start Saturday against the Rays.