If not for his incredible cat-like reflexes, minor league pitcher Daniel Norris would likely be in the hospital right now. Norris, who pitches for the Toronto Blue Jays Single-A affiliate Lansing Lugnuts, avoided what could have been a terrifying disaster on Sunday night when he somehow got his glove in front of his face to catch a line drive.
David Gonzalez, who plays shortstop for the Detroit Tigers minor league affiliate West Michigan Whitecaps, ripped a line drive directly at Norris’ face. Rather than having his nose shattered by a baseball, Norris somehow got his glove up at the last millisecond and made the catch. You can tell by Gonzalez’s reaction that the play even gave him a scare.
As we saw earlier this season when Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb took a line drive to the head, some pitchers aren’t as lucky as Norris when a ball comes screaming their way. Thank goodness it turned out the way it did.
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