Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris has been clocked in the head several times this June by the follow-through (or "backswing" as it seems to be called these days) of an opposing hitter. Notably, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado got him, but he's not been alone. And it happened again Sunday:
Norris went to the hospital for a precautionary CT scan, but the A's announced that he passed all concussion tests.
Norris plans on making an adjustment in light of continually having this happen.
“Ultimately because the hitters aren't hitting any shorter of a backswing, I think I'm going to have to make the adjustment,” Norris said (sfgate.com). “A tick here and there off the mask or glove is one thing but this one got me in a pretty good part of the head and not the helmet or the mask. For my own health, I think I'm just going to have to take a step back.”
Hopefully it stops soon, because taking a bat to the head is a good way to end one's career.
Norris, 25, is hitting .302/.405/.509 with eight homers and 35 RBI this season. He could well be making his first trip to the All-Star Game next month, assuming he can stay on the field in the meantime.