Less than two weeks after revealing that he had thyroid cancer, Daniel Norris is officially on the mend. He originally announced the news via his Instagram account, and using that same medium, Norris reported that his "[s]urgery was successful" and that he is cancer free.
The original diagnosis, Norris says, came shortly after being optioned to AAA while with the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Norris delayed the surgery so that he could finish out the season, where he went on to play an integral role in the deal that netted David Price. Norris went on to make eight starts with the Tigers and posted a 3.68 ERA, a 4.36 FIP, and a 4.05 xFIP in the process.
Norris -- perhaps best known as the guy who lives in his van -- will be looking to break camp with the Tigers come spring. The left-hander was the 25th-ranked prospect by MLB.com going into the 2015 season. He started the year with Toronto, however control issues led to his demotion by the end of April. With Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez the only ones seemingly guaranteed a rotation spot, that leaves Norris competing with Matt Boyd, Kyle Lobstein, and Shane Green for the final three spots.