Bud Norris SP BAL 7 Months

Bud Norris allowed three runs on seven hits over four innings of a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

The start was Norris' first since September 8 after dealing with elbow soreness over recent weeks, but it was likely his performance that caused him to last just four innings on Wednesday. Norris needed 96 pitches to get through four, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out five. The right-hander's season ends at 10-12 with a 4.18 ERA.

Bud Norris SP BAL 7 Months

Bud Norris (elbow) is expected to rejoin the Orioles' rotation on Wednesday.

It's possible the O's will go with Jason Hammel again, but Norris' elbow is feeling better and he's ready to toe the rubber. The right-hander hasn't started a game since September 8 due to elbow soreness but threw 2 1/3 relief innings on Friday.

Bud Norris SP BAL 7 Months

Orioles manager Buck Showalter won't announce who will start Saturday's game versus the Rays until after Friday's game.

It will either be Bud Norris (elbow) or Miguel Gonzalez (groin). Showalter is holding off because one of them might be needed in relief of Jason Hammel on Friday. "Ham hasn't exactly been throwing seven, eight [innings], 100-plus pitches," Showalter said. "So if we have to get him early and use somebody else, I just want to leave our options open. We have good people in place."

Bud Norris SP BAL 7 Months

Bud Norris (elbow) threw a side session on Tuesday.

Norris is aiming to return to the Orioles' starting rotation Saturday vs. Tampa Bay. He missed his turn last week after complaining of discomfort in his right elbow.

Bud Norris SP BAL 7 Months

Bud Norris (elbow) could return to the Orioles' rotation on Friday or Saturday.

Norris missed a start last week with a sore pitching elbow, but the O's are hopeful that it's a minor issue. He'll play catch and throw long-toss Sunday and, if that goes well, throw a bullpen session Tuesday. If Norris isn't ready next weekend, Jason Hammel will get another start.

Bud Norris SP BAL 7 Months

Bud Norris (elbow) expects to miss only one start.

Norris was scratched from Friday's start due to right elbow soreness, but he's confident he's only dealing with inflammation due to wear and tear. "Yeah, hope so," said Norris. "Just been doing my treatment and have seen some progress. Anytime you get back on the mound, it has the opportunity to flare back up but hopefully this extra five days, or whatever it turns out to be, will give me a chance to calm it down."

Bud Norris SP BAL 7 Months

Bud Norris was scratched from Friday's start due to right elbow soreness.

Norris initially felt some soreness last month but had been feeling better until it flared up again during a bullpen session. It doesn't sound like he'll undergo any tests, as the Orioles seem confident that he'll feel better after some rest. Jason Hammel has assumed Norris' spot in the rotation.

Bud Norris SP BAL 8 Months

Bud Norris allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Norris was let down by his relief but the right-hander did his part, giving up four hits and four walks while striking out seven. He owns a 4.13 ERA on the season, and he remains 3-1 since coming to the Orioles at the trade deadline. His next start will come Monday at the Indians.

Bud Norris SP BAL 8 Months

Bud Norris had his worst start as an Oriole on Friday, giving up seven runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Athletics.

Norris labored over the first four innings, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter tried to get another inning out of him with a three-run lead. Things didn't work out, as he gave up four hits and two walks before being pulled in favor of Troy Patton, who allowed two inherited runners to score. Norris struck out seven on the night and now owns a 5.53 ERA and 28/14 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings with Baltimore. He lines up for a tough assignment against the Red Sox next week at Fenway Park.

Bud Norris SP BAL 8 Months

Bud Norris allowed four runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings but earned the win against the Rockies on Saturday.

Norris wasn't sharp on Saturday but was bailed out by the fact that his counterpart, Chad Bettis, was even less effective. The right-hander was starting just three days after making his second-ever relief appearance on August 14. He's now 9-10 on the season and 3-1 since moving from the Astros to the Orioles. He'll next start Friday against the Athletics.