Tigers option Johnson City native Daniel Norris to AAA Toledo

Daniel Norris
FILE- In this Sept. 29, 2015, file photo, Detroit Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris (44) throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Norris said he kept pitching last season after finding out he had a cancerous growth on his thyroid. In a message on Twitter and Instagram on Monday, Oct. 19, the 22-year-old Norris said he found out the growth was malignant but was told by a doctor that he could wait until the end of the season to have it removed. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

DETROIT — Jordan Zimmermann is coming off the disabled list to start on Thursday, boosting the Detroit Tigers’ rotation for the stretch run.

The team also activated starting pitcher Daniel Norris from the DL on Tuesday and optioned him to Triple-A Toledo. The move signaled that, at least for now, the Tigers want Matt Boyd to try to build on his recent success in Detroit.

Putting Norris in the bullpen was never an option, Ausmus said. They want Norris to start regularly in Toledo so he’s ready as a fill-in option during the final two months of the season.

“We think Norris is a starting pitcher,” Ausmus said. “We’d rather have him starting in Toledo than in the bullpen here.”

Norris went on the DL July 5 with an oblique strain. He appeared in four games during two stints with the Tigers in 2016, going 1-0 with a 4.85 ERA in 13 innings (3 walks, 16 strikeouts).

Norris said he’s no longer limited by the injury.

“I feel really good,” Norris said. “I feel as close to 100 percent as I can be.”

BY EVAN WOODBERY

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