HOUSTON -- Right-hander Bud Norris, on the disabled list since May 24 with bursitis and biceps tendinitis, rejoined the team Friday and said he felt 100 percent healthy after throwing two Minor League rehab stints earlier in the week.
Norris allowed eight hits, five runs and three walks in 4 2/3 innings in his second rehab outing Thursday for Triple-A Round Rock, throwing 86 pitches (49 strikes). He threw four scoreless innings in his first rehab start Saturday at New Orleans.
"I felt good," Norris said. "I was glad to go down there and get some things and get the shoulder right. The first start went well. I pitched well yesterday. I was working on some changeups and stuff, but like I said, I felt good, and I'm ready to get out here and help the team."
Norris (2-5, 6.80 ERA in nine starts) will throw in the bullpen Saturday, but what happens next is anyone's guess. Brian Moehler, who took his spot in the rotation, is scheduled to start Saturday's game against the Rangers.
"They really wanted me to take care of myself and go from there, and I'm looking forward to helping these guys," Norris said. "I'm champing at the bit."