Tim Norton trying to “make the transition into being a pitching coach”

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About a week ago we learned that Tim Norton was placed on the minor league DL despite reports that he was “throwing bullpens and feeling fine,” and now we finally have something resembling a real update. Brendan McGair reports that Norton is currently serving as an interim pitching coach in Extended Spring Training, and there’s a chance he’ll work in a similar capacity for the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League team once the season starts in June.

“He wants to stay in the game, but I don’t think his arm was responding like he wanted it to,” said Pat Roessler, the Yanks’ director of player development. “He just didn’t come around like we had hoped … Right now Tim is trying to make the transition into being a pitching coach for us.”

Norton, 28, was the team’s eighth round pick out of UConn in 2006. He’s battled significant shoulder problems as a pro, though last season he was on the cusp of the big leagues after striking out 46 and walking just eight in 30 IP for Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton. The shoulder acted up again, ending his season. Norton’s injury is part of the reason why the Yankees had to pick up Cory Wade. It’s too bad his right arm betrayed him, he definitely had big league ability out of the bullpen.

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  • Manny’s BanWagon

    That really sucks.

    Maybe he should pay a visit to Bartolo Colon’s doctor in the Dominican Republic and give those stem cells a try first.

  • STONE COLD Austin Romine

    Terrible news but I’m happy that he’s getting his start with the org.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Jeez. 28 years old and having to make that choice. I’m rooting that it works out for him.

  • jjyank

    Bummer, I liked his potential. Glad he’s trying to figure out a way to stay in the game though, hope it works out for him.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    With enough development time, Norton has the potential to develop into a #1 pitching-coach type. Rothschild is just keeping the seat warm until Norton says he is ready.

  • YanksFanInBeantown