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Blister-free Drew Smyly activated, Jacob Turner optioned to Toledo

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Jun 10, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly (33) pitches during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
Jun 10, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly (33) pitches during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Post victory, the Detroit Tigers announced a roster move, replacing one rookie in their starting rotation with another. Drew Smyly has been activated off the 15 day disabled list, and will take the mound this Tuesday against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. To make room for Smyly on the 25 man roster, Jacob Turner was optioned to Toledo.

No matter how well Turner pitched while wearing the Olde English D, everyone knew he was up for a short cup of coffee. His cup was emptied this afternoon. He'll rejoin the Mud Hens' rotation, where he was 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA.

Smyly (2-2, 3.96 ERA in 12 GS) was placed on the 15-day DL June 11th after suffering what Jim Leyland called "The worst blister I've ever seen" on the middle finger of his left hand. Smyly deemed the blister form Hell fully healed after a bullpen session this past week, which started the clock ticking on Turner's time in Detroit.

Turner, the Tigers' number one pitching prospect,earned his first major league victory, helped beat the St. Louis Cardinals this past Thursday. Despite dealing with base runners every inning (5 walks, command remains an issue), Turner allowed only 1 run in 5 innings. After the game, Leyland called Turner "much improved." But not improved enough to remain in the rotation, to no one's surprise.

It's safe to say the Tigers expect Turner to return to Detroit sooner than later, his next stay to be permanent instead of temporary. Barring injuries, Turner will likely be back in September when rosters expand, with a ETA in the Tigers' starting rotation of April 2013.