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Top prospect Norris eyes potential callup

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TORONTO -- Daniel Norris continued to rip through Triple-A competition on Thursday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, further making his case for a Major League promotion in the near future. He worked five innings for Buffalo and allowed one run on one hit with nine strikeouts, fueling speculation that a callup is imminent.

Amid conflicting reports that the young left-hander had moved to the Bisons' bullpen, Norris is still slated to make his next scheduled start on Tuesday. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was mum on a potential callup for the 21-year-old Norris, who has experienced a meteoric rise through the club's Minor League ranks this season.

"You could see him. No guarantees, but you might," Gibbons said.

"They might throw him in the bullpen a bit. They're watching his innings a bit."

Norris' climb from Class A Advanced Dunedin to Buffalo has been surprisingly quick. The Blue Jays' No. 1 prospect made 13 starts with Dunedin, going 6-0 with a 1.22 ERA before his promotion to Double-A New Hampshire in mid June.

After eight starts with the Fisher Cats (3-1, 4.54 ERA), he was brought up to the Bisons. In three starts, Norris is 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA and 32 strikeouts over 16 2/3 innings.

If the Blue Jays do decide to send Norris to the Bisons' bullpen, he could follow a similar path taken by Aaron Sanchez, who made a pair of relief appearances prior to his big league callup in early August.

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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