This has been hinted at all week, but Lynn Henning of the Detroit News confirms that Daniel Norris will be recalled from Toledo on Saturday to start against the New York Yankees. Norris has been on the 60-day disabled list since undergoing surgery to remove scar tissue in his groin back on May 3rd. In other news, left-hander Blaine Hardy has been reinstated to the 25-roster on Friday after a disabled list stint for elbow tendonitis. He’ll be available to manager Ron Gardenhire Friday night in New York.
Saturday is, of course, September 1 and the day upon which the entire 40-man roster becomes eligible. The Tigers optioned Ryan Carpenter to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday along with left-handed reliever Jeff Smoker, but additional callups will require a roster move with Norris activated back onto the 40-man roster. It seems likely that Christin Stewart, the Tigers’ power-hitting outfield prospect, will be among those called up, but the rumor mill and roster situation seems to indicate that he won’t have much company.
Daniel Norris, as the Tigers part of the planet knew, is indeed starting Saturday's 4:05 p.m. bullfight against the Yankees. Also: the irrepressible Blaine Hardy is back today, activated and good to go "three innings" in the words of a grateful manager.— Lynn G. Henning (@Lynn_Henning) August 31, 2018
Norris fastball velocity still only 90-91, sometimes 92, peaking at 93. He figures it'll be next spring before he gets it all back. But says as do the Tigers that he's got to get some big-league innings down in September as prep for 2019.— Lynn G. Henning (@Lynn_Henning) August 31, 2018