Detroit Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris will start the season on the disabled list after being diagnosed with three non-displaced fractures in the spinal process, reports Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.
The injury was revealed after Norris visited a back specialist Thursday.
The Tigers are not overly concerned with the injury, saying that the diagnosis sounds more serious than the actual recovery process.
“We don’t know exactly,” manager Brad Ausmus said about the recovery time. “But as soon as the pain goes away. Really, it’s once he feels better.
"It doesn’t seem to be anything long-term."
Norris, 22, went 2–1 with a 3.68 ERA in eight starts with Detroit after being traded from the Toronto Blue Jays on July 30.
In six innings pitched this spring, Norris gave up 12 hits and seven earned runs.