Norris throws, feels healthy enough for bullpen session

Norris throws, feels healthy enough for bullpen session

TORONTO -- Orioles starter Bud Norris threw on Sunday and was pleased with his progress in dealing with some nagging right elbow tightness, and the plan for him is to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

"Yeah, it's not terrible," Norris said of his elbow, which forced him to skip a start after it flared up during Wednesday's work day. "It's something where a couple days off, I feel a lot better. And I'm pleased with the results."

Norris still felt some of the tightness on Sunday, but it was improved enough for him to view the throwing session as a step in the right direction. If all goes well on Tuesday, manager Buck Showalter could pencil him in to start Friday or Saturday against Tampa Bay.

"Especially where we are in the playoff race and everything, I want to be on the field," said Norris, who is 4-2 with a 4.67 ERA since joining the Orioles from Houston in a Trade Deadline deal. "You are going to fight through a lot of stuff, these guys are too. So I understand where I'm at and I definitely want to get back out there when I'm ready."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.