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.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.
Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.
While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.