BALTIMORE – Bud Norris will start on Wednesday in Erie in his second rehab game. Norris had a bad outing on Friday in Norfolk when he allowed nine runs on 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings, but he says he’s feeling much better after a bout with bronchitis.
Manager Buck Showalter said he considered Norris as a candidate to pitch in one of the games in Thursday’s doubleheader against Chicago, but decided against it.
“I'm feeling better. I'm getting there. I didn't know how much it took out of me. I'm glad Buck did what he did and I'm glad I got one under my belt and I've got one more to go. I'm really excited just to get my weight back on my body and kind of get through all of this,” Norris said on Monday.
Norris had a tough time Friday, but said he was weak.
“I went down to the bullpen and started to warm up and felt great in the 'pen and by the time I pitched the first inning I could feel my legs kind of giving out. As much as I do squatting and running and all that good stuff, missing as much time as I did, my body definitely took a toll. Losing as much weight as I did, I never had anything happen to me like that before. I'm excited to put it back on and take care of my body,” Norris said.
Norris first felt sick in New York on May 9, struggled through a five inning start the next day, and after feeling better had a relapse on May 14.
"I didn't know how much my body went through, but that Saturday, Sunday and Monday I basically slept all day. Every time I got out of bed for 20, 30 minutes, I got so weak I had to get back in bed. My parents came into town and stayed a couple nights with me, which was extremely helpful. I got some homemade chicken noodle soup from my mom, which I was really excited about, actually. But like I said, I didn't know how it was going to take a toll on me. It did. It took its course and I'm definitely learning from it,” Norris said.
"I lost about 14 pounds at the time. I got down as low as like 204 and my playing weight's around 215, 220. In my Houston years it was 225. I'm probably back to about 212. I went into camp in a little bit better shape this year. I thought I was in the best shape of my life, but weight's something I've got to monitor through the course of the season."
Even though he’s on the disabled list, Norris says that he’s still found time to follow his favorite NBA team, the Golden State Warriors, and their 3-0 lead over Houston in the Western Conference finals has him feeling better.
“Yeah, absolutely. If they sweep in four, that’s going to be even a better sign,” Norris said.
NOTES: Matt Wieters will catch Dylan Bundy in Bowie when the Baysox play Erie at 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday. It will be Wieters’ first rehab game. … Kevin Gausman (shoulder tendinitis) will throw a bullpen on Tuesday. He’ll throw to hitters on Friday and throw a side session on Sunday. On June 2, the plan is for him to throw a simulated game in Houston, and after that, the Orioles will decide on his next move. … Ryan Flaherty (right groin) will play for Norfolk today and Tuesday. … Tyler Wilson will pitch briefly in the Tides’ game today because he’s a candidate to start one of the games on Thursday. Mike Wright will pitch the other.