Rooney replaces Norris in AFL

The Nationals have decided that catcher Sean Rooney will replace catcher Derek Norris in the Arizona Fall League this season.

The switch-hitting Rooney, the eighth-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, hit a combined .275 with six home runs and 46 RBIs for Class A Hagerstown and Potomac this past season.        

Norris fractured his left hamate bone while working out in the Instructional League. Norris had surgery performed by Dr. Thomas Graham in Baltimore to remove the fractured hamate bone last week. Norris is expected to resume baseball activities in December.

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