Norris, Braves open camp, eager to put 2015 behind
also started games for Atlanta last season, are also among the candidates, and Gonzalez said recent draftees should not rule themselves out of consideration. He described the competition as “wide-open” and does not expect to finalize the rotation until late in the spring, perhaps later.
“Off the top of my head I’m just thinking two (openings), but there may be more,” Gonzalez said. “There’s definitely some competition. There’s opportunities here, and we’ll see where we go.”
An opportunity is what Norris needed after 2015.
“Basically I need to get into my routine. My arm was never the problem,” he said. “I need to get back to the guy that I was the other five, six years and take spring training seriously. I expect to be in the rotation; that’s where I want to be to help this team.
“It’s a fresh start,” he added, delivering the classic line at the beginning of spring training, “something I kind of needed after last year.”