Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris was so sick last week he lost 14 pounds, could barely get out of bed and summoned his parents to to Baltimore to help.
It's been a frustrating situation for the 30-year-old right-hander, but at least he got some homemade chicken soup out of the deal.
"I basically slept all day. Every time I got out of bed for 20, 30 minutes, I got so weak I had to get back in bed," said Norris, who was diagnosed with bronchitis. "My parents came into town and stayed a couple nights with me, which was extremely helpful. I got some homemade chicken noodle soup from my mom, which I was really excited about, actually."
After taking antibiotics and resting, Norris said he is feeling much better.
"I didn't know how much it took out of me," said Norris, who left his start May 10 with flu-like symptoms and was then scratched the following weekend with a recurrence.
Believing that Norris, who is 1-4 with a 9.88 ERA in six starts for the Orioles this year, was not physically up to performing at the big league level, Orioles manager Buck Showalter placed him on the disabled list on May 18, retroactive to May 11.
"I'm glad Buck did what he did and I'm glad I got one [minor league rehab start] under my belt and I've got one more to go," Norris said. "I'm really excited just to get my weight back on my body and kind of get through all of this."
Norris pitched for Triple-A Norfolk on Friday and allowed nine runs on 12 hits in 22/3 innings. The results were terrible, but it showed him just how weakened he had become.
"I went down to the bullpen and started to warm up and felt great in the [bullpen], and, by the time I pitched the first inning, I could feel my legs kind of giving out," he said. "As much as I do squatting and running and all that good stuff, missing as much time as I did, my body definitely took a toll. Losing as much weight as I did, I never had anything happen to me like that before."
Norris will make his next start Wednesday for Double-A Bowie. After that, he could re-join the Orioles. Showalter initially considered activating Norris to pitch in Thursday's doubleheader, but decided against it.
Davis sits for first time since Opening Day
First baseman Chris Davis, who is in a 4-for-39 slump (.103 average), didn't start Monday — the first time he wasn't in the starting lineup since the second day of the season. He missed Opening Day to serve the last game of his suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine and had played every game since until Monday, when he sat against tough Houston Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel.
"Buck said something after Opening Day, obviously it being the last day of my suspension, about, 'Be ready to play 161 in a row,'" Davis said. "Everybody kind of laughed about it, but I want to be in there every day. I come here to play every day and not to sit on the bench. I'll take a day to rest and do whatever I can and get back after them [Tuesday]."
Davis had a double in Sunday's loss to the Marlins, and said there are enough spurts where he has good at-bats that he believes he can snap out of a funk that has produced 62 strikeouts and a .212 average in 146 at-bats.
"I think it's obvious that I don't feel good [at the plate]. I think it comes and goes," he said. "I feel like I was on to something [Sunday], but it's part of the season. You play 162 games, you are going to have ups and downs. I am going to keep working like I have been. Eventually, I'll get hot."
Around the horn
Right-hander Kevin Gausman (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, face live hitters Friday, have a light throwing session Sunday and then pitch two innings of a simulated game in Houston on June 2. He'll then be re-evaluated and perhaps sent on a minor league rehab assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. … Infielder Ryan Flaherty (groin) will play Monday and Tuesday at Triple-A Norfolk and could be activated Wednesday by the Orioles. … The Orioles hadn't played on Memorial Day at Camden Yards since 2009. ... The Orioles and Astros wore camouflage jerseys and caps as part of Monday's Military Appreciation Day at Camden Yards. The Orioles' caps and jerseys will be signed and auctioned, with proceeds benefiting the Fort Meade Alliance. … At 3 p.m., all of Major League Baseball held a moment of silence to recognize service personnel who had given their lives to the country. Caleb Joseph was stepping to the batter's box with one out in the fifth when the moment was held. Fans cheered afterward.