Jordan Hicks: Bud Norris has ‘best intentions for me’

Rookie reliever Jordan Hicks addressed reports of potential conflict within the St. Louis Cardinals’ locker room, saying teammate and closer Bud Norris has his best interests in mind.

“He has the best intentions for me,” Hicks told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday. “I think he’s nudging me in the right direction. That’s the best way to put it. … It’s a collective group doing it. You have to learn 10 times faster in the big leagues. You have to adjust 10 times faster. You have to be mentally stronger than you have ever been before. You have to make all of that happen faster. I have no problem with anybody getting on me. I get that. I have to listen.”

Hicks was responding to a Wednesday report in The Athletic about Norris’ role with the Cardinals since joining the team on a one-year contract in the offseason. The Athletic detailed Norris as challenging Hicks since his arrival, including publicly calling him out.