Norris to miss next start
Right-hander Bud Norris will miss his next scheduled start Saturday in Cincinnati after being diagnosed Thursday with biceps tendinitis. The Astros have yet to announce who will take Norris’ spot in the rotation.
Norris (2-5, 6.80 ERA) reported to head athletic trainer Nate Lucero on Thursday morning complaining of right shoulder soreness and is expected to return Houston soon to be examined by team medical director Dr. David Lintner.
Norris has pitched beyond the fifth inning in only one start this year, an eight-inning gem against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 13. In his most recent start Sunday, Norris struck out a career-high 10 batters and gave up six hits and five runs (four earned) in five innings in a no-decision against the Rays.
Right-hander Brian Moehler, who hasn’t pitched since Sunday, could be put into the rotation. Moehler has worked exclusively out of the bullpen this year but has started 55 games the past two seasons for the Astros.