Both Gonzalez, Norris candidates to start Saturday

Both Gonzalez, Norris candidates to start Saturday
September 18, 2013, 6:30 pm

BOSTON – On Tuesday, manager Buck Showalter said that Miguel Gonzalez would miss a start and Bud Norris might rejoin the rotation after missing a start. A day later, both Gonzalez and Norris are candidates to start Saturday.

Gonzalez was pulled from Sunday’s start in Toronto when he strained his right groin in the sixth inning. Showalter was pessimistic about Gonzalez on Tuesday, and now he isn’t.

“Miguel feels pretty good today. That’s pretty encouraging. He might be an option for us on Saturday,” Showalter said. “I was surprised. So was [trainer Richie Bancells.]”

Norris has already missed one start because of a sore right elbow. He threw a bullpen on Tuesday and was going to play catch before Wednesday’s game. Showalter will make a decision on Saturday’s starter on Thursday.

“They’re just waiting around to see how I was feeling, to see if I was getting better,” Gonzalez said.

“I felt sore, but it wasn’t that bad. Most importantly, we have to throw a bullpen first. If it feels good, we’ll go from there. I’ll know as soon as I throw my bullpen. I’ll definitely know.”

Norris seemed pleased, but wouldn’t commit to being ready.

“I feel good today. Nothing flared up today, which was a good sign,” Norris said. “Buck kind of left it in my hands. It’s hard one to play with especially this late in the year, the way I’ve been feeling. I came over for a reason. I want to pitch and be on the field. I’m intrigued to see how it feels, especially after the bullpen.”

It’s possible that both Gonzalez and Norris could return and one might be in the bullpen for the moment.

“I’d love to have that decision to make,” Showalter said. “I wouldn’t preclude anything. It’s all hands on deck.”