Detroit Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris revealed on his Instagram account yesterday that he has thyroid cancer and will be undergoing surgery.
Norris, considered the top pitching prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, was acquired by the Tigers at the trade deadline from the Blue Jays in the deal that saw David Price go to the eventual AL East champions.
The 22-year old southpaw was diagnosed with the condition earlier this year when the Jays demoted him to their Triple-AAA affiliate in Buffalo. Doctors granted Norris permission to continue pitching and the Tigers were fully aware of his condition at the time of the trade.
In 13 starts with the both the Jays and Tigers, Norris went 3-2 with a 3.75 ERA. In 60 innings pitched, Norris fanned 45 batters while walking only 19.
Norris’ prognosis is good and is expected to be ready for spring training in 2016. All the best to Daniel Norris for a speedy recovery.
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