Blue Jays demote Daniel Norris to Triple-A

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Daniel Norris won a spot in the Blue Jays’ rotation this spring, posted a 3.86 ERA through five starts, and is now headed back to the minors.

Toronto has demoted the 22-year-old left-hander to Triple-A despite his having the only sub-4.00 ERA among the team’s five starters in order to call up soft-tossing 29-year-old Andrew Albers. Marco Estrada, not Albers, will replace Norris in the rotation.

Norris was hardly dominant with an 18/12 K/BB ratio in 23 innings, but it’s still an odd move for a team that went very heavy on young pitching to begin the season and is now apparently having some second thoughts.