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Spencer Turnbull placed on 10-day injured list, Gregory Soto recalled from Triple-A

The Tigers’ rookie sensation hits the injured list for the second time this year.

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The Tigers announced on Saturday that they have placed right-handed starter Spencer Turnbull on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to July 18. The injury in question was an upper back strain, which he evidently suffered while working out after his start against Cleveland. In a corresponding move, lefty Gregory Soto was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.

Turnbull has put together a respectable season for himself amidst a year that sees the Tigers near the bottom of the heap. Through 19 games, the hard-throwing righthander has compiled 98 23 innings. He has been one of Detroit’s more effective pitchers, to the tune of a 3.65 ERA and 4.05 FIP. Put it all together, and that places him second on the squad in wins above replacement (WAR).

Shoulder soreness was the cause of a trip to the injured list in June. He only made two starts after returning to team before being placed back on the list on Saturday. He wasn’t particularly effective in his first appearance, getting chased out after only three innings against the Kansas City Royals. A second start appeared to have been just what the doctor ordered — he was far more effective and made it through six strong innings against Cleveland.

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His replacement, lefthander Gregory Soto, has has benefited greatly from a lack of organizational depth; he has already received four calls to the majors this season after opening the year in High-A Lakeland following a suspension. Frustrating inconsistency has been the trademark of Soto’s pro career. His stuff is as good as anyone’s when he is right, but he suffers from bouts of wildness and is prone to walking too many guys.

The major leagues haven’t been too friendly to him so far. A frightfully high 7.24 ERA is only somewhat mitigated by his 5.93 FIP. He hasn’t gotten his strikeout touch quite where it needs to be yet, putting up a rate of 6.59 whiffs per nine innings. The walks are also a little higher than you’d like, but the sample size is far too small to say that he is a lost cause. A move to the bullpen has always seemed in the cards for Soto, where his power stuff could play up. For the time being, it looks like he will return to the spot-starting role the Tigers have used him in during most of his stints in the major leagues this season.