Bud Norris injury not serious


The Astros got some good news today. The injury to Bud Norris is not as serious as some of us may have thought. Norris was examined in Houston today and diagnosed with right biceps tendinitis. Norris left his last start Tuesday in the third inning with right shoulder discomfort. Norris was 6-11 with a 3.77 ERA in 31 starts for the Astros this season. Norris pitched better than his record would indicate. The Astros lost four of his starts by the score of 1-0. In his third big league season Norris achieved career bests in innings, strikeouts, ERA, WHIP, and K/BB ratio.

Another piece of good news came in the form of clinching the number one overall pick in next year’s draft. Scouting Director Bobby Heck faces the challenge of drafting a player with both star potential and signability. There isn’t a Stephen Strasburg or Bryce Harper in the draft class 2012. Right-handed pitcher Mark Appel of Stanford, Arizona State SS Deven Marrero, and Georgia high schooler Byron Buxton are among several players Heck and the Astros must take into consideration. The last time the Astros had the number one overall selection was in 1992. That time around Houston took Cal State Fullerton SS Phil Nevin. I liked the pick at the time but Nevin flopped in a brief audition with the Astros and was traded to Detroit. Nevin went on to have a 12 year career in the big leagues that included two All-Star appearances as a member of the  San Diego Padres.

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  • Stroscrow

    I really hope that Crane gets the team, not so much for the fact that I like him as an owner, but more for the fact that with him on board there is at least stability, and the possibility that the Astros will spend money in the draft. If next year is in limbo and Dragging still owns the team then I would seriously worry about the Astros not taking the best maybe top 5 players available because of going over slot. Mclane has one foot out the door, and if we noticed anything from this years class is that it was pretty conservative with guys that they were able to sign for slot. The Astros spent as much money on the draft this year as the Pirates did no one player. That scares me. At least if we have ownership stability hopefully we will take advantage of having early picks.

  • Stroscrow

    Long story short, please spend money on the draft this year Mr. Owner, whomever you may be.

  • Stroscrow

    I really hope that Crane gets the team, not so much for the fact that I like him as an owner, but more for the fact that with him on board there is at least stability, and the possibility that the Astros will spend money in the draft. If next year is in limbo and Dragging still owns the team then I would seriously worry about the Astros not taking the best maybe top 5 players available because of going over slot. Mclane has one foot out the door, and if we noticed anything from this years class is that it was pretty conservative with guys that they were able to sign for slot. The Astros spent as much money on the draft this year as the Pirates did no one player. That scares me. At least if we have ownership stability hopefully we will take advantage of having early picks.

    • Stroscrow

      Long story short, please spend money on the draft this year Mr. Owner, whomever you may be.