The Detroit Tigers announced on Wednesday that left-handed pitcher Daniel Norris has been recalled from Triple-A Toledo. To make room, outfielder Tyler Collins makes yet another trip back to Toledo. Norris will join the team in Washington D.C. today, and will work out of the bullpen for now, according to MLive's Chris Iott.
It's a somewhat surprising move for a few reasons. Norris has been healthy but stuff-wise he's struggled in Toledo. Additionally, the bench was short-handed prior to the trip, which prompted the move to bring Collins up in the first place.
Now, the team is working with a short bench again, and unless Norris suddenly regains his command, he'll be somewhat of a liability in the wrong situation.
Norris has made it past five innings in a minors start just once this year. He's struggled with his command and the walks have been high. While his propensity for throwing strikes and getting strikeouts has not deteriorated, he can't keep runs off the board even in limited outings.
This year, Norris has an 8.44 ERA in 21 1/3 innings pitched between Toledo and Single-A Lakeland. In his last two starts combined, he's allowed 12 runs on 13 hits in only 5 1/3 innings of work, to include six walks.
He has struck out eight and not given up a home run, but the latter doesn't matter much when his pitches are all over the place.
Norris was recovering from fractures in the spinous processes of his lower back. They have since healed and he was taken off rehab and optioned to Toledo on April 26.