Tigers Norris, Sanchez edging closer to return

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Detroit – What seemed improbable a couple weeks ago now seems likely.

Both left-hander Daniel Norris (oblique strain) and right-hander Anibal Sanchez (rotator cuff strain) are getting closer to returning to the Tigers' starting rotation.

Norris will throw a light bullpen session on Sunday and Sanchez is expected to do the same Monday. 

That Sanchez is as far along as he is isn’t that surprising. Norris, though, is a pleasant surprise, given the nature of his injury.

“He’s progressed quicker than we thought,” Ausmus said. 

Norris threw from 120 feet on Friday and reported no complications. He said he expects to throw maybe 15 pitches in his bullpen. 

“It's kind of been expedited, interestingly enough,” Norris said of his recovery plan. “But I'm feeling good. So it's just kind of a day-to-day thing. I've been doing some weight room testing, and it's been encouraging.”

Norris has pushed the envelope throughout his rehabilitation, determined to get back before the end of the season. 

“I'm still thinking that way; that I can get back out there again this season,” he said. “I want to get out there. There's still some fight left in the dog. I just want to get out there and compete. It's one of those things that you can't harness. It's just in there, and you want to get out there.”