Star prospect Derek Norris on the shelf early in the season

Inside Nova reports that Nationals top position prospect, and number two prospect on The Nats Blog’s Prospect Big Board, Derek Norris, will sit out the next few games:


Catcher Derek Norris, ranked second among Washington prospects by industry magazine Baseball America, did not appear in Thursday’s game and may miss two-four games after nerve irritation appeared in the hamate bone he broke last fall.

That injury forced Norris to miss the Arizona Fall League, a circuit prospects attend to further develop their skills after the season.
Cathcart said Norris suffered the injury sliding into second base during spring training.

Norris saw a hand specialist and no structural damage was revealed.

This is a slight sign for concern for the Nationals but by no means any reason for alarm. Norris represents a future middle of the order bat and is perhaps the catcher of the future. The Nationals would like him to develop as quickly as possible at the plate, but that will be hard to do without gaining in game experience throughout the season.