Norris exits in first with right lat soreness

Injury puts Dodgers righty's next start in doubt

July 31st, 2016

LOS ANGELES -- ' status for his next start is uncertain after he faced only two batters before leaving Sunday's 14-3 win over Arizona with right lat soreness.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he expected Norris to make his next start, but Norris wasn't so sure.

"I don't know yet. I don't want to speculate," said Norris, acquired from Atlanta when ace went down with a herniated disk that has him shelved indefinitely. "My goal is to be back in five or six days. I hope to get a healthy side session in and get this out of my head."

Norris said he was able to pitch through a previous lat strain years ago. This time -- which he said happened either on a pickoff throw after walking leadoff hitter , or a pitch to when his landing foot slid -- he was unable to get the area behind his right shoulder blade loose.

"I think we made the right choice," he said of coming out. "It's just really uncomfortable -- achy, dead pain. I hope with a couple nights of sleep I can throw."

Norris grabbed his back seven pitches into the game, bringing Roberts and assistant trainer Nate Lucero to the mound. After a couple practice throws, Norris was allowed to continue.

But after Norris retired Bourn on a popout, Roberts and Lucero again came to the mound and this time took Norris back to the dugout with them, as took over pitching duties, with the bullpen finishing the final 8 2/3 innings.

Norris was acquired June 30 from Atlanta as an emergency replacement for Kershaw. Norris' injury comes one day before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, with the Dodgers having already been linked to possible deals for starting pitchers , and , among others.

The club's starting rotation has been beset by injuries since last year, when (shoulder) and (elbow) had season-ending surgeries.

While McCarthy has returned to the rotation, Ryu pitched one game on July 7, then returned to the DL with an elbow injury. is on the comeback trail from spring back surgery, but is out after elbow surgery.

The Dodgers have only four starters listed in their rotation: Norris, McCarthy, and .