BALTIMORE - Bud Norris won't be making his scheduled start Friday in Toronto because of what's being called discomfort in his pitching elbow.
The Baltimore Orioles right-hander said he's been dealing with some elbow issues for a few starts and hopes this is the only time he misses through the rotation for the rest of the regular season.
"It's this time of year," Norris said after Wednesday's game. "I definitely didn't want to miss any time but I figure it'll just be this one and go from there. Definitely give it some time to kind of heal. It's about pitching in October and through it. I'm kind of bummed about it, but like I said I've got to let it heal and get back out there when I'm ready to go."
Norris is 4-2 with a 4.67 ERA in eight starts since coming to Baltimore in late July via trade from Houston (10-11, 4.12 overall). He was impressive Sept. 8 against Cleveland, going seven innings and striking out eight in a 7-2 victory. He was so effective in his next start , lasting only 4 1-3 innings and allowing four runs on nine hits in a 4-2 loss.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter is replacing Norris with Jason Hammel, who hasn't made a start since July 28. Hammel came off the disabled list Sept. 5 and threw two scoreless innings in relief Sept. 8.
"We'll see how it develops," Showalter said Wednesday about Norris' elbow. "We want to back off and treat it. You're always working on your next start and there's some things that guys do. I think talking to Bud and to trainers, I think it would be best to stay away from all the work that starting pitchers do to get ready for their fifth day and just let it quiet down. It managed itself well the last time, so we want to get back to that. I think you'll see him pitch again for us."
STAYING HOME: Orioles reliever Darren O'Day won't be joining the club in Toronto this weekend because he's dealing with tingling in some fingers on his throwing hand. Showalter said it's likely O'Day will see a hand specialist in Sarasota, Fla., to determine the problem.
"I present it as something that opens up an opportunity for somebody else," Showalter said Thursday. "That's the way last year and a lot of times this year we found some orchids while searching for roses, and having a rose missing, and Darren has been that."
O'Day is 5-3 with a 2.28 ERA in 63 games for the Orioles, but the right-hander has pitched only three innings this month.
UP NEXT: Baltimore heads to Toronto for a three-game series against the AL East rival Blue Jays. The Orioles have Hammel (7-8), Chris Tillman (16-5), and Miguel Gonzalez (9-7) are their slated starters. The Jays have Todd Redmond (3-2), Esmil Rogers (5-7), and Mark Buehrle (11-8).