Padres News: Derek Norris Exits Monday’s Game

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San Diego Padres Derek Norris catcher had to exit Monday nights game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was struck on a foul tip in the 5th inning while Paul Goldschmidt was hitting.

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At this time it was unclear the extent of the injury and hopefully it is not anything that will require surgery or cause Norris to lose too much time. This year while his offense has been underwhelming, he has improved defensively and is certainly known for his toughness behind the plate.

At the time of the injury, the Padres were up 10-1 over the Diamondbacks. Norris had gone 1-2 with a walk and RBI before the injury and he was replaced by Austin Hedges in the lineup.

Earlier in the game Norris was feeling good as the Padres took a 5-0 first inning lead:


While at this point the Padres are just filling out the schedule, it was nice to see the Padres air out the runs for once as they do seek to at least finish in third place above the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks have a talented outfield which has even forced top free agent signing Yasmany Tomas to a backup role as his bat has cooled considerably. Recently Arizona Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa called out the Cuban for being out of shape. Ouch, maybe the Padres didn’t miss out on much.

We will keep you updated when we hear more about Norris’ status for the last couple of weeks, but maybe a chance for Austin Hedges to play everyday isn’t a bad thing no matter what? He was hitting just .165 in 129 plate appearances entering tonight’s game. A chance to play everyday and improve upon his 32 starts might help him get into more of a rhythm.

UPDATE: X-Rays proved negative after the game and he is listed as day-to-day.

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