MIAMI -- Bud Norris had a forgettable Friday night in Norfolk. In his first rehab start, he allowed nine runs on 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings against Rochester.
"It was a tough one," Norris told the Virginian-Pilot. "I didn't want to do that to the guys and so forth, but I really got my work in. I needed to get on the mound."
Manager Buck Showalter said that Norris will pitch again on Wednesday for Bowie against Erie. Pitching instructor Ramon Martinez will go with Norris, who will work out with pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti on Monday in Baltimore.
Norris is on the disabled list after a battle with bronchitis cost him 10 pounds. Showalter wasn’t disheartened by Norris’ difficulties.
“Bud knows he’s close. His slider is better; he felt good physically. He said his legs weren’t quite under them. He said he thinks they’ll be there next time,” Showalter said.
“He knows…He was a very good self-evaluator today. [Norfolk manager Ron Johnson and pitching coach Mike Griffin] both said the slider was good, velocity was good. Bud knows where it needs to be, but he’s close. He’s real close.”
Showalter wasn’t sure if Matt Wieters, who is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment on Tuesday would catch Norris.
NOTES: Ryan Flaherty (right groin) will begin a rehab assignment at Norfolk on Monday. … Kevin Gausman (shoulder tendinitis) threw off the mound for the first time since he was put on the disabled list on May 8. He’ll throw again on Tuesday.
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