TORONTO -- Derek Norris walks the walk of someone in serious hurt.
And he's feeling better.
Norris could barely walk at all Saturday when leaving Rogers Centre after he'd suffered a back spasm in his final at-bat. Team massage therapist Ozzie Lyles came by later in the evening to try and help relieve the stiffness in the right side of Norris' back, and by Sunday morning the catcher was upright, mostly, and moving slowly.
"I can walk without pain, but my alignment is off," Norris said. "I look like I'm surfing. I look at myself in the mirror and I try to straighten up."
Norris more than likely won't be able to play Sunday, so he let the trainers work on the players who would play. Then, when they took the field for batting practice, he took his turn in the trainers' room. Norris said he doubted he'd be available to play, but manager Bob Melvin wouldn't go quite that far.
"He won't be out for batting practice," the manager said. "But he feels better than he did yesterday. We'll see how he feels later."
With Norris out of action, that leaves Josh Donaldson as the only catcher available to the A's as a backup. He's been a third baseman for the last two seasons, but he came to the big leagues as a combination catcher/third baseman, so he has some experience with the job, and the A's always travel with a full complement of catching gear for him, just for situations like this.
It's mid-August now, and Anderson would seem to be at least two weeks away from returning from the disabled list.
The veteran left-hander, who is coming back from a stress fracture of his right foot, threw 31 pitches in a simulated game in Stockton Saturday, then did some pitcher's fielding practice. Another session is scheduled for Tuesday in Oakland.
Melvin wouldn't commit to when the club would have Anderson throw more than the approximately 30 pitches he's thrown in simulated games the last week or so.
"We're trying to keep him healthy and not push too much," the manager said. "We want to make sure that his foot and his arm are (progressing). We'll bump him up when we feel it's time to."
He has been situated mostly in the bottom third of the lineup this season with his batting average and his power numbers off from last year. When he hit .242 and led the team with 32 homers and 85 RBIs.
Five homers in the previous two days can change things, however. Reddick is batting fifth for the first time since July 19, the first game back from the All-Star break.
He hadn't allowed an earned run of any kind since June 22.
"It's almost shocking when he gives up a run," Melvin said. "It's been a nice run for him. He has high expectations."