Norris returns to lineup in loss to Kansas City

Norris returns to lineup in loss to Kansas City

PHOENIX -- A's catcher Derek Norris returned to the lineup on Wednesday for the first time since March 4.

"Which means he's off the injured list," Melvin joked.

Norris, who had been out with back spasms, played without restriction -- going 1-for-2 with a stolen base in a 3-1 loss to the Royals. He was lifted for defensive replacement Stephen Vogt in the seventh inning.

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