Thursday August 20th, 2015

The Detroit Tigers placed rookie pitcher Daniel Norris on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, the team announced on Thursday.

Norris was the centerpiece of the trade that sent former Tigers ace David Price to the Toronto Blue Jays. In four starts for the Tigers, he has a 5.06 ERA with 16 strikeouts and five walks.

Norris hit a home run Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs in his first at-bat since high school. He pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with six strikeouts.

Norris said he injured himself in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game. He first felt discomfort on a curveball to Dexter Fowler and the pain worsened after another curveball to the next batter, Kyle Schwarber.

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“That curveball,” Norris said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “I tried to make it nasty and it came out at 70 mph or something, and that’s when I really felt it.

“I didn’t feel it until letting the ball go and then I kind of put my head down and the front side, I felt it,” he added. “It’s pretty frustrating. I wanted to stay in the game and go deeper in the game for my team. I would have been out there if I could have but you have to be smart about these things.”

Later Thursday, the Tigers acquired lefthander Randy Wolf from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations. Wolf, who will turn 39 on Saturday, has not pitched for the Blue Jays this season. In 23 starts for Triple A Buffalo, he is 9–2 with a 2.58 ERA.

- Dan Gartland

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