Detroit — Manager Brad Ausmus confirmed what rookie Daniel Norris told The News Friday night — the oblique strain could end his season.
"Yeah, it looks to be worse than initially diagnosed," Ausmus said. "It probably looks like a minimum of four weeks."
Norris, who injured the oblique in Chicago Wednesday night and was placed on the 15-day disabled list, said he was told the recovery time would be three to six weeks.
"I told Brad (Ausmus) that I'd be ready to pitch in October," Norris said.
Asked if the Tigers might just shut Norris down and tell him to get ready for 2016, Ausmus said, "I would say it's possible, but we're not doing it now."
Norris is frustrated because the injury occurred just as he felt himself getting comfortable with his new team.
"(Wednesday night) I felt really good," he said. "I was getting swings and misses. It's just unfortunate."
With both Norris and Anibal Sanchez (rotator cuff strain) on the DL, the Tigers had two vacancies in the rotation. Randy Wolf was acquired to fill one of them.
And Ausmus is giving Buck Farmer the first crack at the second one. He will start the make-up game Monday in Cincinnati.
"That's to be determined," Ausmus said when asked if Farmer would stay in the rotation.
Farmer, in three starts this season, has a 9.20 ERA with a 1.841 WHIP. He has allowed 23 hits and 15 earned runs in 14⅔ innings.
"He's still pretty young," Ausmus said. "It takes time. He was in A-ball last year. He went from A-ball to the major leagues. To say that his stuff hasn't translated to the big league level is unfair to him. I don't know that it necessarily should have translated by now."
About a name
Guido Knudson, called up from Toledo on Friday, is not Italian, as perhaps his first name would suggest. His family, at least on his mother's side, is Belgian.
So, it's pronounced (Gee-do Kun-oodson). The name Guido is relatively common among Belgians. But that's not why his mother chose it.
"My mother's and my grandmother's favorite poet is Guido Gezelle," Knudson explained.
There you go. Guido it is.
Around the horn
The Tigers will be without third base coach Dave Clark this weekend. He was home attending the wedding of his daughter. Omar Vizquel moved from the first base coaching box to third and Alan Trammell coached first base.
… Left-hander Kyle Lobstein was tagged for six runs and 12 hits in 3⅔ innings in his fourth rehab start (second at Triple A Toledo) on Thursday. In his four starts, he has given up 11 runs in 13⅔ innings.
… Coming into play Friday, Miguel Cabrera was hitting .455 (10 for 22) in six games since coming off the DL. He scored eight runs, had four extra base hits and five RBIs in that span. Remarkable considering he missed six weeks and didn't have a rehab stint.