Despite injury, Norris expected to make next start

Despite injury, Norris expected to make next start

HOUSTON -- Astros pitcher Bud Norris, who left Thursday's game in Denver in the second inning with a strained right hip flexor tendon, is still expected to make his next scheduled start, manager Brad Mills said Friday.

"He said he was feeling good and that's a good thing," Mills said. "We need to go through everything and have him throw and do some conditioning and stretching and moving and see where he is. I feel very confident with him making that start."

When asked how he was feeling, Norris said simply, "I'm alive," before deferring to Mills.

Mills said Norris has suffered from a similar condition in the past, but not this year. Norris wasn't sharp at all in the series finale against the Rockies and gave up a career high nine runs in 1 2/3 innings, which was his second-shortest start of his career.

"He wasn't able to get his lower body into it," Mills said.