Norris allowed one run on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts across four innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Saturday. The left-hander threw only 58 pitches in four frames but departed because of an innings limit the Tigers are now going to impose on him. Norris threw only 56 innings last season and is already over 100 frames this season. The 26-year-old is 2-8 with a 5.02 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in 100.1 innings, so he didn't have much value anyway, but this innings limit will destroy any fantasy value Norris has left.
Norris will eventually hit an innings limit at some point in the second half, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Manager Ron Gardenhire didn't give a specific date or innings target, but the Tigers have little reason to push their young arms in a season in which they aren't close to competing for a playoff berth. Norris threw just 56 innings last season and 115.2 in 2017. He's thrown 96.1 already this year.
Norris allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks over 5.2 innings Monday, striking out eight batters and taking the no-decision in the loss to Cleveland. Norris got tagged for two home runs in this one, including a two-run shot from Mike Freeman in the second inning. Over his last four outings, the 26-year-old has been drilled for 19 runs in just 22.2 innings of work, raising his season ERA from 4.40 to 5.14 in the process. Still looking for his first win since May, Norris will face the Blue Jays at home Saturday.
Norris (2-8) allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks while also recording two strikeouts across five innings and was charged with the loss against the White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday. The 26-year-old is on quite a cold streak. This is the second time in the last three starts where Norris has yielded at least six runs, and he hasn't won a game since May 12. Since then, Norris is 0-7 with a 5.79 ERA. Overall, Norris is 2-8 with a 4.96 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 71 strikeouts in 90.2 innings this season.
Norris (groin/finger) is listed as the Tigers' scheduled starter for the front end of Wednesday's doubleheader with the White Sox. Norris' inclusion on Detroit's pitching schedule for the final week before the All-Star break suggests the team has no concerns about his health after he was pulled early in his most recent start Friday against the Nationals due to groin cramping and a finger injury. He'll return to the mound on his normal four days' rest in search of his first win in 10 starts. Over his preceding nine turns, Norris has gone 0-6 with a 5.29 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.