The Chicago Cubs announced Tuesday that right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner will likely start the season on the disabled list with a mild right flexor strain and bone bruise. Turner was competing to be the Cubs’ fifth starter.
Turner experienced soreness in his arm after his start against the San Francisco Giants where he pitched two innings. Turner is seeking a second opinion before making any further decisions.
Turner, a former first round draft pick, was claimed by the Cubs mid-season from the Miami Marlins. Before being designated for assignment by the Marlins last season, Turner went 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA in 20 games. After being claimed by the Cubs, Turner went 2-4 with a 6.49 ERA in eight games. The Cubs picked up Turner’s $1 million club option after the 2014 season.
Turner is still young at only 23-years old. His career numbers are ugly, but Turner still holds vast potential if he can put it all together at the big league level.
With Turner sidelined, competition for the 5th spot in the rotation has been narrowed down to three. Travis Wood is the front-runner to win the final spot in the rotation. Other candidates for the final spot are Edwin Jackson and Tsuyoshi Wada. Recent Cubs signee Phil Coke will likely claim a spot in the bullpen while Turner is out.
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