All-Star hopeful Norris monitoring sore back

All-Star hopeful Norris monitoring sore back

MIAMI -- A's catcher Derek Norris has not yet fully recovered from the lower back soreness that led to his early departure in Friday's 9-5 win over the Marlins, leaving his status for a Sunday start in Miami up in the air.

Manager Bob Melvin said "it's a wait-and-see" type of thing.

Norris was "moving around a little slow" Saturday, according to Melvin, likely making him unavailable for the middle matchup of this three-game Interleague set. John Jaso made the start behind the plate against Marlins righty Nathan Eovaldi.

Norris' .299 batting average as a catcher ranks second among American League backstops, while his .400 on-base percentage and .497 slugging mark are tops at the position, numbers that could earn him his first career trip to the All-Star Game.

The 25-year-old is currently second in All-Star balloting among AL catchers behind the injured Matt Wieters.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.