Detroit Tigers righthander Spencer Turnbull left his start on Thursday after just two innings with an apparent injury. Turnbull showed no signs of pain or injury while pitching against the Texas Rangers, but he went down to the clubhouse with the Tigers’ training staff after the top of the second and did not return.
Reports later indicated that Turnbull had sustained a shoulder injury. An MRI of Turnbull’s shoulder came back clean, with no structural damage, according to MLB.com’s Jason Beck.
Turnbull’s status for his next start(s) is up in the air, though. A stint on the injured list could potentially cause further issues for a Tigers rotation still in need of a fifth starter for Saturday’s matchup against the Washington Nationals. Lefthanders Gregory Soto and Ryan Carpenter are the most likely candidates to fill in that spot in the rotation, as well as for Turnbull if he needs to miss any time. The Tigers are off on Monday, July 1, but have a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on July 3. The MLB All-Star break is from July 8-11.
Turnbull allowed one run in his two frames, a solo shot off the bat of Texas’ Joey Gallo. Lefthander Nick Ramirez entered the game in the top of the third in Turnbull’s place.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.
Spencer Turnbull threw 17 pitches after giving up the homer to Gallo. Only one reached 90 mph -- StatCast didn't register any of them as fastballs. https://t.co/ICnI4x7qjE— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) June 27, 2019
Spencer Turnbull left game with shoulder fatigue. MRI showed no structural damage, according to Gardenhire.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) June 27, 2019