Jupiter, Fla. — A couple days ago, reliever Mark Lowe was walking around the clubhouse with his torso wrapped up like he was being mummified.
Asked what the deal was, manager Brad Ausmus playfully chided the media for trying to sensationalize things.
“He’s fine,” he said.
And Lowe was fine — he pitched a scoreless inning that day.
Flash ahead to Saturday. Left-handed pitcher Daniel Norris was walking around with his torso similarly wrapped. No questions from the media.
Turns out Norris wasn’t fine. He was scratched from his scheduled start with what the club called lower back stiffness.
“He did something in the weight room,” Ausmus said. “He could’ve pitched today, we just decided to push him back a couple of days.”
Norris will start on Tuesday.
“He said he would’ve had no problem going today, but we decided not to take any chances,” Ausmus said.
He wouldn’t have pitched long anyway. Rains, as well as thunder and lightning, came hard and the game was called after two innings.
Blaine Hardy and Justin Wilson each pitched a scoreless inning for the Tigers. Left-hander Adam Conley struck out the six batters he faced for the Marlins.