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Derek Norris | Catcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Derek Norris is back in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.
Norris had missed the previous four games with a back ailment, but he took batting practice Tuesday and is back in there Wednesday. The A's backstop sports a nifty .304/.406/.509 batting line with eight homers and 35 RBI over 61 games this season. Jul 2 - 10:12 AM

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Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that he expects Derek Norris (back) to return to the lineup Wednesday.

Norris missed a fourth straight start Tuesday, but he took batting practice before the game and appears to be pretty much over his back ailment. The A's catcher is hitting an impressive .304/.406/.509 with eight homers and 35 RBI over 61 games this season.
Jul 2 - 9:34 AM

Derek Norris (back) took batting practice Tuesday.

It's the first time since last Friday that he's done so. Norris missed his fourth straight start Tuesday but was available off the bench and has a good chance to return to action on Wednesday.
Jul 1 - 9:06 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin is hopeful that Derek Norris (back) can return to the lineup during the series with the Tigers that concludes Wednesday.

Norris took some swings Monday at what he estimated to be 60-70 percent effort and said he felt "not great, not bad. Overall, I just felt OK. I'll stretch and throw and start knocking off the rust, and if my body responds positively from today, then we'll go from there." Norris hasn't played since leaving Friday's game due to tightness in his lower back.
Jun 30 - 8:52 PM

Derek Norris (back) took some swings Monday and came out of it feeling OK.

The A's have yet to release their lineup for Monday's game, but it sounds like he could require another day off. Norris hasn't played since leaving Friday's game due to tightness in his lower back.
Jun 30 - 4:48 PM

Derek Norris (back) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

The good news is that his back is feeling better after he went through a full round of workouts Sunday morning. Norris could return to the lineup Monday, but it's not a given.
Jun 29 - 11:30 AM

Derek Norris (back) is out of the A's lineup Saturday and doubtful for Sunday.

Norris left Friday's game against the Marlins due to tightness in his lower back. He's day-to-day for now.
Jun 28 - 9:14 PM

Derek Norris was removed from Friday's game against the Marlins due to tightness in his lower back.

It's certainly encouraging news to hear that the injury isn't related to the head injury that he sustained earlier in the week. It looks like he should be cleared to return to the Athletics lineup in a day or two.
Jun 27 - 9:10 PM

Derek Norris was removed from Friday's contest against the Marlins with an apparent injury.

It's unclear at the moment what the nature of the injury is, but could be related to the head injury he sustained earlier in the week. Stephen Vogt took his place behind the dish.
Jun 27 - 9:05 PM

Derek Norris was removed from Sunday's game against the Red Sox after being hit in the head by a backswing.

He has taken a beating behind the plate this season, with Sunday's incident being only the latest issue. Norris will most likely be given the standard concussion tests, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit for a game or two (maybe much longer) to fully recover.
Jun 22 - 7:42 PM

Derek Norris (forearm) could be available off the bench Saturday.

Norris left Friday's game shortly after he was hit in the left forearm by a foul tip. X-rays came back negative, but he's dealing with some bruising. Still, it doesn't sound like a major concern.
Jun 21 - 2:28 PM

Derek Norris came on as a pinch-hitter and stuck around to go 2-for-2 with a double, homer and five RBI in Tuesday's 10-6 win against the Rangers.

Norris hit for John Jaso in the sixth inning and blasted a three-run homer off Shawn Tolleson to stake Oakland to an 8-3 lead. The catcher's two-run double in the eighth put the finishing touches on the 10-6 victory. Norris boasts a stellar .312/.414/.535 slash line with eight homers and 34 RBI in 157 at-bats.
Jun 18 - 2:00 AM

Derek Norris went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

Norris continues to rake, as he's now batting .305/.408/.503 with seven home runs this season. The catcher also got hit on the hand by a Yangervis Solarte swing late in the game, so he may be given a day off soon to rest the hand.
Jun 15 - 8:14 PM

Derek Norris went 2-for-5 in Tuesday's 14-inning, 2-1 setback opposite the Angels.

He was also caught stealing when Hector Santiago picked him off in the second. Norris got smacked in the helmet by Erick Aybar's backswing during the game, an unpleasant sight after Manny Machado's backswing got him on Sunday. An Oakland trainer checked on him and Norris remained in the game, a great testament to his toughness. The breakout backstop is now slashing .294/.404/.476 on the year.
Jun 11 - 3:16 AM

Derek Norris (head) said he's fine to play Monday.

Norris is not in the starting lineup after exiting Sunday's contest when he was hit in the helmet by Manny Machado's backswing, but he's feeling fine. He'll be back in there Tuesday.
Jun 9 - 7:11 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1John Jaso
2Derek Norris
3Stephen Vogt
1B1Brandon Moss
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Eric Sogard
3Nick Punto
SS1Jed Lowrie
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Billy Burns
CF1Coco Crisp
2Craig Gentry
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Kyle Blanks
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Jeff Samardzija
3Scott Kazmir
4Jason Hammel
5Jesse Chavez
6A.J. Griffin
7Jarrod Parker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Luke Gregerson
3Ryan Cook
4Dan Otero
5Eric O'Flaherty
6Fernando Abad
7Evan Scribner