Sep 30 12:10p
Norris is not in the lineup for Thursday's AL Wild Card game against the Royals, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The A's will take a calculated risk and start Geovany Soto, who hasn't caught Jon Lester before in his career. Despite his inexperience with Lester, Soto did finish with the regular season with seven hits in his final 20 at-bats, whereas Norris hit just .245/.314/.324 after the All-Star break and is 0-for-5 in his career against Royals starter James Shields. Further, Soto is 10-for-23 against potential base stealers, while Norris has gunned down just 12-of-72 this season.