Norris heading to the Majors
The Astros are preparing to call up top pitching prospect Bud Norris, who is 4-9 with a 2.63 ERA in 19 starts at Triple-A Round Rock. He will be in uniform at Wrigley Field on Wednesday.
Astros starter Roy Oswalt left Tuesday’s game with a lower back strain and the club announced it would call up Doug Brocail to join the team Wednesday. It’s unclear how Norris fits into picture.
Norris was ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the system prior to this season by Baseball America, which rated him as having the best fastball in the system among Minor Leaguers. He went 3-8 with a 4.05 ERA last year at Double-A Corpus Christi and was impressive in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 1.89 ERA with one in 12 games.