Norris relieved shoulder not damaged

Astros pitcher Bud Norris was relieved to learn Friday he had no major complications with his shoulder after undergoing an examination and an MRI. Norris got a cortisone shot and was placed on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis, but he told from Houston the news was as good as could be expected.

“I’m happy to a certain degree,” Norris said. “I want to be out there helping my team, but it’s something that’s been bugging me off and on and I have to give credit to the Astros for getting me checked out. There was a lot of fluid in there and I got a cortisone shot, but the MRI didn’t show any labrum or rotator cuff damage, which is a relief. They’re very happy about that. It’s a much better idea to nip it in the bud and get back out there when the time is right.”

Norris, who is 2-5 with a 6.80 ERA this year in nine starts, said the shoulder as been bothering him at different times during the season, but he wasn’t about to make any excuses.

“It’s been bothering me off and on,” Norris said. “As a starting pitcher, you have to know when to pitch through it and when you can’t. Sometimes I felt good out there and sometimes not so great. I haven’t been getting the best results, so it was good to get it checked out.”

Norris can come off the disabled list June 8 at Colorado.


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