Manager Bob Melvin isn't ready to stray from a platoon at catcher, even though Norris is swinging a hot bat. The catcher entered the day batting .481 (13-for-27) over his last nine games, and his .365 season average is the best in the American League among batters with 50 or more plate appearances.
" He's been terrific, he really has, from the beginning of the season until now," said Melvin. "We do it a certain way here, but he's doing very well. The better you do, the more reps you end up getting."
For now, John Jaso will continue starting against most right-handers, while Norris remains prepared in a part-time role. Jaso is hitting .232 but .250 against right-handers this year.
"The most important thing is try to find the barrel and not try to do too much it," said Norris. "I'm always striving to get better as a ballplayer, and whatever that is, whether it's facing lefties or coming in to pinch-hit, staying mentally prepared and staying mentally strong is the biggest thing for me."
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