Norris, Tigers agree to terms

Jeff Birchfield • Mar 5, 2016 at 4:59 PM

Daniel Norris was one of 10 players whom the Detroit Tigers agreed to terms with for the 2016 season, the team announced on its website Saturday morning.

No details of the agreement with the left-handed pitcher were released.

Norris, a former Science Hill High School star, made 13 Major League starts last season. He posted a 3-2 record with 45 strikeouts and a 3.75 ERA.

It has been an exciting time lately for the 23-year-old, who was traded from Toronto to Detroit last July. He was credited as the winning pitcher in the Tigers’ 8-2 exhibition victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. He threw 34 pitches, 21 of them for strikes, although he did give up a solo home run to the Braves’ Freddie Freeman.

The Detroit Free-Press reported that Norris, who revealed last October that he had successful surgery to remove thyroid cancer, was recently paired with an 11-year-old cancer patient from Michigan as part of a social-media campaign by Chevrolet tied to Leap Year.

Norris was one of 20 people picked for the “Day It Forward” campaign along with other celebrities like four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol and actresses Eva Longoria and Sofia Vergara. It featured them on Feb. 29 doing acts of kindness for those who didn’t expect it.

The boy was able to meet Norris at the Tigers’ home field of Comerica Park and even got to visit Spring Training in Florida. The Free-Press published a photograph of Norris playing a video game with the youngster, while the Chevrolet website featured Norris with his arm around the boy as they walked out to see the Tigers’ spring training facility in Clearwater, Fla.



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