Turner got the start in center field for Triple-A Syracuse on Monday, The Washington Post reports.
He went an uncharacteristic 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk, but his focus was likely in the field rather than at the plate as he'd never played the outfield before as a pro. The Nationals could desperately use Turner's on-base skills at the top of their lineup, but Danny Espinosa has played just well enough at shortstop to keep the job and Daniel Murphy isn't budging from second base, so the team is getting creative as they try to find a spot in the lineup for him. Current Nats center field options Ben Revere and Michael Taylor have also combined for an unsightly .251 OBP and 566 OPS. Having to adjust to a new defensive position could delay Turner's promotion even further however, so at this point don't expect to see him in Washington until after the All-Star break at least.