Derek Norris was hit by another backswing Sunday afternoon, and this time it was bad. The Red Sox’ Jonathan Herrera got Norris flush in the melon and he went down and stayed down for awhile, writhing in the dirt in obvious pain.
Norris reportedly passed all the concussion tests, but the A’s sent him to the hospital for a precautionary CT scan anyway. When you’ve gotten hit in the head as many times as Norris has this year, there are bound to be a few marbles rattling around loose in there.
Clearly, Norris needs to make some kind of adjustment in where he is setting up. And this latest incident appears to have convinced him. He said via CBSSports.com:
Ultimately because the hitters aren’t hitting any shorter of a backswing, I think I’m going to have to make the adjustment. A tick here and there off the mask or glove is one thing but this one got me in a pretty good part of the head and not the helmet or the mask. For my own health, I think I’m just going to have to take a step back.
Yeah Norris, either that or get a harder head.