Norris expected to go on Sunday

Norris expected to go on Sunday

HOUSTON -- Right-hander Bud Norris is expected to make his next scheduled start Sunday against Tampa Bay after taking a line drive off his right elbow Tuesday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Norris was struck slightly above his right elbow and was dealing with some swelling Wednesday. He said he plans to be able to throw in the bullpen Thursday as normally scheduled.

"It started to swell up, but I wanted to keep pitching and try to help my team," said Norris, who finished with six runs allowed on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. "[Manager Brad Mills] gave me an opportunity, and he said, 'Are you OK?' And I said, 'I'm OK.' In retrospect, I'm glad I stayed out there and battled the best I could."

Norris said he was able to flex his right arm to brace himself for the ball, which wound up striking a meaty part of his arm and not the bone.

"I flexed at the last second," he said. "If it hit me square in the elbow, it would have been trouble, but I was pretty fortunate."