Detroit Tigers logoDetroit Tigers

Daniel Norris Injury: Updates on Tigers P's Back and Return

Detroit Tigers' Daniel Norris pitches against the New York Mets in the first inning of a spring training baseball game, Monday, March 14, 2016, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
John Raoux/Associated Press
Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2016

According to Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, starting pitcher Daniel Norris has "nondisplaced fractures in [his] spinous process," per MLB.com's Jason Beck.

Continue for updates.


Norris Unavailable for Opening Day Roster

Thursday, March 24

Many expected the 22-year-old left-hander to compete for a spot in the Tigers' rotation this spring. Instead, he has a 9.95 ERA in 6.1 innings, and he missed what would've been his fourth start while dealing with lower-back stiffness.

Even if Norris were back to 100 percent by the time the Tigers open the 2016 season on April 5 against the Miami Marlins, Ausmus already eliminated any hope he'd be on the major league squad, per MLive.com's Chris Iott: "No, he won't be [ready] at this point. From a pitch-count perspective he probably wouldn't be ready by Opening Day."

Iott added Norris saw a specialist about his back Thursday.

The former second-round pick moved to the Tigers in the David Price trade. He made eight starts for Detroit in 2015, going 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA. Norris began the year as one of the more highly touted prospects in the game, ranking 17th on FanGraphs and 34th on Baseball Prospectus.

As long as this back injury doesn't turn into a lingering issue, it shouldn't have a significant impact on Norris' development, even though he won't be in the majors to start the year.

His absence would all but guarantee Shane Greene is the Tigers' No. 5 starter coming out of spring training.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices