Simply by virtue of playing time, Derek Norris was a top-10 Fantasy catcher in his first year in San Diego, and in terms of counting stats, he set career highs pretty much across the board. But the OPS potential he showed in the first half of 2014, which earned him an All-Star nod with the Athletics, never did return, making him a fairly unexciting selection on Draft Day. It doesn't help that he began to lose at-bats to rookie Austin Hedges down the stretch, especially since his role is his greatest asset. Norris may surrender even more at-bats to the catcher of the future in 2016 -- or if not him, then newly acquired Christian Bethancourt -- so consider him nothing more than a fallback option in mixed leagues.
Norris agreed to a one-year, $2.95 million contract with the Padres on Thursday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Norris continues to serve as a workhorse behind the dish, playing 128 of his 147 games there. He's set to serve in the same role again in 2016, and will look to post a similar season as his 2015 campaign, which would once again keep him among the better options for fantasy catchers.
Padres catcher Derek Norris (hand) is back in the lineup Friday against the Rockies. Norris took a foul tip off his right hand in Monday's contest and missed the next two games after that, but he'll return to the lineup Friday. The 26-year-old will assume his usual duties behind the plate, batting seventh.
Padres catcher Derek Norris (hand) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. A foul tip off Norris' right hand forced the backstop from Monday's game, but X-rays were negative and there's been nothing to suggest he's in danger of being shut down. Austin Hedges will continue to serve as the starting catcher, with Rocky Gale as the backup, until Norris has been cleared to return.
Padres catcher Derek Norris (hand) is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. X-rays on Norris' right hand were negative after he was struck by a foul tip in Monday's game, forcing his early exit. Norris will sit Tuesday, but Austin Hedges was apparently already scheduled to start Tuesday before the injury to Norris. It doesn't sound like Norris is expected to miss extended time.
Padres catcher Derek Norris had to leave Monday's game after sustaining a bruised right hand, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Norris left after taking a foul tip off his hand.