Jacob Turner to start Thursday against Cards
So much for the bullpen start idea for Thursday. Instead, it’ll be Jacob Turner facing the Cardinals in his first start for the Tigers this season.
The decision came down too late to get a pregame explanation about it from manager Jim Leyland, but it’s quite possible he just didn’t want to leave his bullpen that stretched, or take the chance that his bullpen would be ready to cover that many innings after Rick Porcello starts Wednesday night.
Turner was winless in three spot starts for the Tigers last season, but pitched decently well in two of them. The 21-year-old went into spring training as one of the favorites to win the open spot in the Tigers rotation, but early spring struggles put him behind before mid-spring shoulder tendinitis left him starting the season in extended spring training rather than Detroit or Toledo. He has 11 starts between Class A Lakeland and the Mud Hens, the last three of them going at least six innings with one earned run each. He allowed four hits and struck out six last Friday against Norfolk to outduel Jamie Moyer.