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 Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.
In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.
Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.
Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.