Norris sent back to minors after one relief appearance

Johnson City Press • Updated May 13, 2016 at 7:10 PM

After helping alleviate some of the burden on the Detriot Tigers’ taxed bullpen Thursday night, former Science Hill player Daniel Norris has been sent back to Triple-A to try to get his season back on track.

The Tigers sent the left-hander back to the Toledo Mud Hens and brought up Warwick Saupold on Friday. Norris pitched one inning in Thursday’s loss to the Baltimore Orioles, allowing a walk with no hits or runs in a quick 10-pitch eighth inning.

Detroit promoted the former top pitching prospect to serve as relief on Wednesday.

Originally slated to be the Tigers’ fifth starter, Norris suffered a spinal fracture in spring training and spent a month on the disabled list. He’s fared poorly in his rehab stint in Toledo, going 0-3 with a 9.98 ERA in four starts this year.

Thursday was the first major-league work this season for the former second-round draft pick. He had been scheduled to start for the Mud Hens on Thursday before being called up.

Norris made several starts in 2015 with both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tigers. He was acquired in by Detroit in a deal that sent David Price to Toronto.

Saupold, a 26-year-old Australian, will be making his big-league debut. In eight appearances with the Mud Hens this season, the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has a 3-1 record with a 2.37 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings. Saupold has been in the Tigers’ system since 2012 going through West Michigan, Lakeland, Erie and Toledo.