Notes this morning:
Norris threw a 35-pitch bullpen yesterday:
“It was just to get back on the mound. I'll throw another regular one (today) and hopefully get out there Sunday. Any time you get an extra couple days to let your arm catch up, it's needed. I feel good, and I want to get back out there.”
And about that PCL Top Pitcher award?
“That's a great honor. Obviously, I worked very hard down there. To come away with that award is quite an honor. Obviously, I had a good time in Round Rock with my teammates. The Triple-A All-Star game is something that I won't forget, but obviously all the hard work I had down there I want to transfer here.”
Coop ended Bourn's 25-game on-base streak by throwing him in to pinch-hit in the 9th against the Cubs:
“Well, I didn't really want to (sit Bourn). I know he's been swinging good and he's on a nice streak and all that. I'm going to do my best to not put him in a difficult situation unless it's just game-winning and I got to have it. Then I got to have it. I explained that to Michael. I got to do it if I got to do it. I'm going to try my best to not put him in that situation, but if I have to, I have to.”