Turley was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Thursday. Turley was summoned back to the big club to offer a fresh bullpen arm for Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Indians after the Twins' bullpen pitched five innings in Game 1. With Dillon Gee unavailable after tossing 2.2 innings during the first game, Turley should offer length out of the bullpen. He has struggled during his brief time in the majors this season, posting a 16.39 ERA and 2.89 WHIP through 9.1 innings.
Turley was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports. He'll head back to the minors after another disastrous outing Thursday in which he failed to get out of the first inning while allowing five earned runs to the White Sox. Minnesota will fill his roster spot with a corresponding move Friday.
Turley (0-2) allowed five runs on six hits and recorded just two outs during Thursday's loss to the White Sox. The 27-year-old southpaw was overmatched Thursday, and Turley has now allowed 17 runs through just 9.1 innings over his three outings in the majors. The game was delayed because of weather, and it could have interrupted his rhythm leading into the start, but it's still likely that Turley needs more seasoning in the minors. If he sticks in the rotation for another turn, he lines up to face the Red Sox at Fenway Park next.
Turley allowed eight runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings Friday against the Twins. He struck out three and walked four. Coming off his major-league debut, Turley did not do much to impress, as he was on the hook for all of the runs Cleveland scored Friday night. Depending on the status of Hector Santiago (shoulder), it's possible Turley has taken his final turn in the rotation for the time being.
The Twins purchased Turley's contract from Triple-A Rochester ahead of the left-hander's scheduled start Sunday against the Giants, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. At 27 years old, Turley shouldn't be viewed as a premium prospect, but it's hard to ignore the massive strikeout totals he racked up across stops at Double-A Chattanooga and Rochester this season. Turley whiffed 15 batters in his final turn with Rochester on Tuesday to give him 84 strikeouts over 52.2 innings in the minors on the season. He could make for an attractive steaming option in his MLB debut against a Giants offense that ranks last in baseball with a .283 wOBA.
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