Norris was feeling ill on Saturday and was sent back to the team hotel. Meanwhile, Orioles manager Buck Showalter made plans to pitch today’s game out of the bullpen if Norris wasn’t able to pitch.
“We checked with him last night,” Showalter said. “In fact he went out to dinner. He felt fine when he got back and felt fine this morning. I don’t know if the Yankees will feel fine but he should be OK.”
Showalter said that left-hander Brian Matusz likely would have started if Norris was unable to go, especially since the Yankees have four left-handed hitters and three switch-hitters.
There has been a bug going around the Orioles clubhouse. Steve Pearce left last Sunday’s game and missed the next two with a stomach virus and coordinator of advanced scouting Ben Werthan also dealt with an illness.
“We were [concerned], especially with what’s been going around,” Showalter said. “We got him out of here pretty quickly. A lot of fluids. I think what people miss is that the season doesn’t stop. You’ve got a guy scheduled. … Usually we have the next day’s starter working on an extra day rest and it was the [one of] the first times all year that we couldn’t have had [Ubaldo] Jimenez pushed up to today.”
Other items of note:
-- Matt Wieters, still recovering from last June's Tommy John surgery, continues to increase his workload behind the plate. He is scheduled to catch eight innings in an extended spring game on Tuesday, then go to nine innings on Thursday and Saturday. After that, his final step before a minor league rehab assignment would be catching on back-to-back days.
-- RHP Kevin Gausman, who was placed on the DL Saturday with shoulder tendinitis, will see team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs on Monday. He also has a precautionary MRI scheduled for Tuesday. He’s feeling better and the anti-inflammatory medication he’s been taking is starting to take effect.
-- IF Everth Cabrera said he hopes to resume hitting on Monday. He will try hitting from both sides of the plate, but said his bruised left foot causes more discomfort hitting form the left side because that’s where he puts his weight. He will also have to take ground balls, but he said the biggest obstacle will be hitting. Showalter said Cabrera could begin a minor league rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie on Thursday.
-- IF Jonathan Schoop is continuing his rehab from a right knee injury in Sarasota, Fla. Showalter said he will likely resume baseball activities this upcoming week.
Here are the starting lineups for today’s game.
Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Delmon Young RH
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Alejandro De Aza LF
Caleb Joseph C
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Bud Norris RHP