Bud Norris says his injured groin is sore, but he hopes to start Friday vs. Rays

NEW YORK -- A day after cutting his start short because of right groin tightness, right-hander Bud Norris said he's “a little sore for sure,” but is hopeful he'll make his next start Friday.

Norris said the area is bruised, and he'll receive treatment for the next few days. He said he should have a better sense of his progress by today.

“As a starting pitcher you are going to go through stuff, whether it'd be groins or arms or something else,” said Norris, who allowed just one run in five innings Saturday before exiting without throwing a pitch in the sixth because of the injury. “All of us, we keep a lot of stuff quiet, and I think that is part of the job description.

“But basically you are going to have to work through it and go from there. I'm hoping it progresses and gets better.”

Norris is scheduled to pitch the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays, after right-hander Kevin Gausman starts the opener. But because of Thursday's scheduled day off, Norris could be pushed back to Saturday and right-hander Chris Tillman could pitch Friday, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

“We have coverage for the doubleheader if he doesn't” pitch, Showalter said of Norris. “We have options. It's one of the benefits of six guys [who can start] and an off day.”

From the medical reports Showalter received from head athletic trainer Richie Bancells, the manager said he is optimistic that Norris will be OK to make his next turn.

“Richie said there wasn't the normal discoloration that you look for if it is going to be long-term, so that's good,” Showalter said. “I didn't look. I ain't looking. I'll believe them.”

Norris has won his past four decisions and has allowed just two earned runs in his past 192/3 innings, spanning three starts. He said he wants to keep that trend going, so missing any time would be disappointing.

“It's been a good run, I just want to keep getting out there and keep helping this team,” he said. “I'm in a good place right now.”



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