Norris exits vs. Yanks with tightness in right groin
Orioles starter pulled after five innings, optimistic he'll make his next start
NEW YORK -- Orioles starter Bud Norris exited Saturday afternoon's game against the Yankees prior to the bottom of the sixth inning with tightness in his right groin, although both Norris and the O's are optimistic he will make his next start.
"I'm hoping we caught it in time," manager Buck Showalter said of Norris' injury, which he first felt during the fifth inning of the Orioles' 6-1 win. "He's getting an extra day next time out. [He'll] probably pitch the night game of the split doubleheader [Friday]. We've got other options, but I'm hoping we caught it in time and kept it from developing into something with the groin that obviously you don't want long term."
Norris said he's dealt with some left groin issues in the past, but never on the other side and was pretty sore after the game.
"I'm gonna get in there and do a little more treatment and get another ice and [electric stimulation] in," Norris said. "We get an extra day this week, too, so you really got to take your treatment in the next couple days and see how it'll progress."
So, it's too early to say for sure on Friday?
"Absolutely," Norris said. "I don't want it to go on, and I want to keep pitching for this team and so forth. But like I said, I've really got to take it a day at a time."
At just 85 pitches through five, Norris walked out to the mound and after throwing a few warmup pitches, the right-hander signaled for the team's trainers, who came out along with Showalter. Several moments later, Norris walked off the mound and was replaced by right-hander Ryan Webb.
The short start was disappointing for the Orioles, as Norris had held the Yankees to one run on three hits and a pair of walks and was in line to go deep in the game. He has allowed two earned runs total over his past three starts, and losing him for any extended period would certainly be a blow to Baltimore's rotation.
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