Norris' return to Tigers pending second bullpen session

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris has given up 15 runs over his last three starts.

Detroit — The groin isn’t the issue any more for Daniel Norris. The mechanics, though, remain a problem.

“We’ll have to see where I’m at after I throw another side (session),” said Norris, who remains on the disabled list. “I am going to throw another side (Sunday).”

Norris gave up five runs in each of his last three starts before the All-Star break (15 runs in 13.2 innings). He was placed on the DL with a groin strain and he is eligible to come off before he would be scheduled to make his next start on Tuesday. Norris said the groin no longer bothered him.

Manager Brad Ausmus said no decision would be made until Norris throws again on Sunday.

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“He threw a bullpen on Friday and it was just so-so,” Ausmus said. “I wouldn’t say the groin isn’t an issue — anytime you are coming back from an injury, there is some concern about it.

“But his bullpen didn’t pass the litmus test of being ready to pitch right away. He is going to have to throw another side before any decision is made.”

The Tigers could option Norris back to Toledo to work through his mechanical inconsistencies — he’s had trouble repeating his delivery, and thus his command has been spotty. Left-hander Matthew Boyd, who has pitched well for the Mud Hens, would be on turn to start Tuesday.

Ausmus also said he would consider a bullpen start using long relievers Warwick Saupold and Chad Bell.

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