Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris announced via Instagram that he was diagnosed with a malignant growth in his thyroid several months ago and will require surgery, writing in part:
A few months ago, after I was optioned to AAA, I found out I had a growth on my thyroid. Flying back & forth from Toronto to Buffalo after pitching to have more and more tests done it was finally concluded that the growth is considered malignant.. Meaning it contained the C word.. cancer. Hearing this was alarming, yea. Weird, yea, that too. I was given the option to shut my year down & get it removed immediately. However, seeing another doctor that determined I could wait until the end of the season reassured my gut feeling. Just Keep Playing. Baseball kept me sane.
As our own Matthew Pouliot notes, there are a pair of cancer survivors currently playing in the LCS in Cubs left-hander Jon Lester and first baseman Anthony Rizzo, so hopefully Norris can follow a similar path in getting healthy and continuing his baseball career.
Norris was Toronto’s second-round draft pick in 2011 and came to the Detroit in the July trade for David Price (general manager Al Avila says the Tigers knew of Norris’ diagnosis at the time). He ranked as a consensus top-25 prospect going into the season and fared well as a 22-year-old rookie, logging 60 innings with a 3.75 ERA in 13 starts.
You can read his fill Instagram post here.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”