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Derek Norris | Catcher | #33

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 4 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Major League Baseball has suspended Derek Norris for the remainder of the 2017 season following an investigation into domestic violence allegations.
Norris continues to deny any wrongdoing in the allegations against him by former fiancee, Kristen Eck, but he has agreed to MLB's suspension and forfeited $100,000 in termination pay from the Rays. The Rays will donate that money to one or more charitable organizations focused on preventing and treating survivors of domestic violence. Sep 1 - 4:34 PM

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Rays released C Derek Norris.

Norris was designated for assignment last week with Wilson Ramos on the verge of being activated. The 28-year-old was batting just .201/.258/.380 with nine homers through 53 games, but he shouldn't be out of work for long.
Jun 27 - 3:12 PM

Rays designated C Derek Norris for assignment.

It's a tough break for the veteran backstop who went 3-for-3 with a homer run and three runs scored in Friday's lopsided victory, but Wilson Ramos is set to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday. Norris shouldn't be out of work for long as several clubs could use an offensive upgrade behind the plate.
Jun 23 - 11:29 PM

Derek Norris went 3-for-3 with a homer and three runs scored as the Rays clobbered the Orioles 15-5 on Friday.

Norris belted a two-run shot off of Ubaldo Jimenez in the third inning, increasing the Rays' advantage to 9-2. Even with the monster offensive effort, Norris is still hitting a disappointing .201/.258/.380 with nine homers and 24 RBI on the year.
Jun 23 - 10:49 PM

Derek Norris is not in the Rays' lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Athletics.

Norris caught all 10 innings and went 0-for-4 at the plate in Saturday's opener. He'll cede backstop duties to Jesus Sucre in the nightcap.
Jun 10 - 6:33 PM

Derek Norris hit two home runs and drove in three to help the Rays fend off the White Sox 7-5 on Thursday.

Norris hit a solo homer in the third inning before lifting a two-run shot in the fourth. Norris' name has been in the news for less positive reasons in recent days, but until something concrete comes from MLB's investigation of his former fiancee's claims of physical and mental abuse it appears the backstop will remain in the Rays' lineup on most days. The 28-year-old is hitting .200/.263/.367 with seven homers in 45 games this year.
Jun 9 - 12:47 AM

Derek Norris has denied allegations from his former fiancee that he "physically and mentally abused" her during their relationship.

The former fiancee, Kristen Eck, made that claim Tuesday on her personal Instagram account and ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported a few hours later that Major League Baseball had launched an official investigation. Here is the statement Norris sent to the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday morning: "First, I want to be absolutely clear that abuse of any form, is completely unacceptable. Allegations regarding this issue are a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly under any circumstances. That being said, in this circumstance, the comments made by my ex-fiancee could not be further from the truth. I have NEVER been physically or emotionally abusive towards her, or anyone else in my life. ... I plan to go above and beyond to assist MLB with their investigation into this matter."
Jun 7 - 10:36 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports Major League Baseball is investigating allegations by Derek Norris' former fiancée that he "physically and mentally abused" her.

Kristen Eck made the allegations on an Instagram post Tuesday, without specifically naming Norris: "I had beautiful moments with a man and I fell in love with a sense of humor and authentic soul that I wanted to spend my life with. I also was physically and emotionally abused by this beautiful man. He gave me a lifestyle most people only dreamed of, but it came at a price." MLB spokesman Pat Courtney indicated to ESPN that the matter is being taken seriously, and that might mean Norris is facing a possible suspension under the league's domestic violence policy. Mets closer Jeurys Familia got a 15-game suspension just before Opening Day even though MLB commissioner Rob Manfred stated that "the evidence reviewed by my office does not support a determination that Mr. Familia physically assaulted his wife, or threatened her or others with physical force or harm." All of these cases are different. It's not worth speculating without more information.
Jun 7 - 6:21 AM

Derek Norris (back) remained out of the Rays' lineup Tuesday.

The Rays expected Norris to be ready to go after Monday's off day, but he'll miss a second straight start with back spasms. Jesus Sucre will fill in again. Tampa Bay also has Daniel Robertson at second base over Brad Miller.
Jun 6 - 2:18 PM

Derek Norris (back) is expected to return to the Rays' lineup Tuesday.

Norris left Saturday's game and is sitting out Sunday due to back spasms, but he's feeling better and is expected to be fine after Monday's off day. Jesus Sucre is catching Sunday.
Jun 4 - 2:55 PM

Derek Norris is back in the Rays' lineup on Monday against the Yankees.

Norris got the day off Sunday, with Jesus Sucre getting a start behind the plate. Tim Beckham has also returned to the lineup Monday.
Apr 10 - 10:28 AM

Derek Norris is absent from the Rays' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a day off. Jesus Sucre will do the catching. The Rays also have Daniel Robertson at shortstop over Tim Beckham.

Derek Norris had a nice day at the dish in Friday's victory over the Blue Jays, going 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI.

Norris also drew a walk and scored a run in the contest. Signed just days before the start of the regular season, Norris has seen nearly all of the playing time behind the plate for the Rays, hitting .214/.250/.214 with four RBI and a stolen base. At this point, he should be started in most two-catcher formats.
Apr 7 - 11:09 PM

Derek Norris is starting at catcher and batting fifth for the Rays in Friday's game against the Blue Jays.

The Rays are starting the same players against lefty Francisco Liriano that they did earlier this week against southpaw CC Sabathia, but Norris and Tim Beckham switched spots in the order, with Beckham moving down to the seven spot. Norris has two hits in his first 11 at-bats this season.
Apr 7 - 2:51 PM

Derek Norris went 1-for-3 with two RBI, a run scored and added a stolen base in a win over the Yankees on Wednesday.

His single in the second inning scored Logan Morrison and Mallex Smith. He followed that good deed by promptly stealing second base. Norris is a large guy but he does have a history of swiping some bags. He nabbed nine steals in 11 attempts last year. He was signed by the Rays just last week after being released by the Nationals. His fantasy owners hope he improves upon his .186 batting average with 14 homers and 42 RBI from last year. He will serve as the Rays' primary catcher until Wilson Ramos recovers from knee surgery.
Apr 5 - 11:58 PM

Depth Charts

C1Wilson Ramos
2Jesus Sucre
3Curt Casali
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Brad Miller
2Daniel Robertson
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
2Matt Duffy
3B1Evan Longoria
2Trevor Plouffe
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Colby Rasmus
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Peter Bourjos
3Mallex Smith
RF1Steven Souza
2Cesar Puello
DH1Lucas Duda
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Alex Cobb
3Jake Odorizzi
4Jacob Faria
5Blake Snell
6Austin Pruitt
7Nathan Eovaldi
Relief Pitcher
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Dan Jennings
4Xavier Cedeno
5Tommy Hunter
6Steve Cishek
7Kevin Gadea
8Sergio Romo
9Matt Andriese
10Shawn Tolleson
11Jose Alvarado
12Ryne Stanek
13Chaz Roe
14Chih-Wei Hu