Norris sidelined by back spasms
A’s catcher Derek Norris was scratched from Friday’s lineup against the D-backs because of back spasms.
The 25-year-old backstop was originally slated to be behind the plate for lefty Scott Kazmir’s Cactus League debut, but that job went to Stephen Vogt, and Norris is expected to remain out of action through at least Saturday, according to manager Bob Melvin.
Melvin said Norris has been dealing with the issue “for a couple of days,” and it’s the same one that forced him to miss a handful of games last August.
Norris is 3-for-11 (.273) with one home run and four RBIs in five games this spring.
A day after throwing his first bullpen of the spring, Ryan Cook was set to throw long toss from 90 feet on Friday. His next bullpen will follow in a few days. Despite his encouraging progression, Melvin still sounded weary on Friday of having him ready by Opening Day. There just might not be enough time to get him a certain amount of appearances. Melvin noted that by spring’s end, most other relievers will have 8 to 10 appearances under their belt. At this point, Cook may only have time for six or seven.
Today’s lineup vs. D-backs: Burns CF, Lowrie, SS, Donaldson 3B, Cespedes LF, Callaspo 1B, Reddick RF, Montz DH, Elmore 2B, Vogt C
Scott Kazmir makes his Cactus League debut, and Callaspo makes his debut at first base.