Saturday, January 22, 2011

What time is it? Time for Norris to step up

Brad Mills told Bud Norris that it's time for Norris to grab a bigger role on the Astros:

"Today, I told him it's time for him to step up. He's got all the ability in the world. We know that, I think he knows that. We don't want him to put pressure on himself. But at the same time, there reaches a point when a guy really needs to step up. He had one full season at the Major League level last year. It's time for him to start doing that."

More Mills:
"So you have to kind of measure that and say, 'We want you to develop but you have to pitch like a Major Leaguer.' So there's a balance there. You want to push him but at the same time understand. You might spend a little more time with him, but it's time to get after it now. At the level we're at, at the level he's at, it's time to get after it and pitch like he's capable."