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May 7, 2021 11:00 AM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Short outing in no-decision
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Turnbull surrendered four runs (two earned) on seven hits and no walks while striking out three across three innings during Thursday's loss to the Red Sox. He did not factor into the decision.

While Turnbull managed to avoid any extensive damage, he did allow a run in each of his innings during what turned out to be his shortest outing of the season. The 28-year-old didn't issue any walks for the second time this year, but the positive takeaways end there. After missing the first three weeks, Turnbull has compiled a 4.74 ERA and 1.26 WHIP across four starts.

May 2, 2021 02:36 AM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Dealt second straight loss
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Turnbull (1-2) was charged with the loss Saturday against the Yankees after giving up four runs on five hits with three walks and one strikeout over five innings.

The 28-year-old generated only two swinging strikes on 94 pitches as he eclipsed the walk total from his first two starts of the season. Turnbull missed the first three weeks of the season and has a 4.50 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 12:5 K:BB across 16 innings since making his 2021 debut April 21.

April 26, 2021 10:48 PM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Pitches well but takes loss
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Turnbull (1-1) allowed three earned runs on five hits across six innings and took the loss Monday against the Royals. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five.

A two-run home run by Carlos Santana in the third inning accounted for most of the Kansas City offense against Turnbull, who was otherwise solid as he picked up his first quality start of the season but also his first loss as the Tigers only mustered two runs. Through two appearances, the righty has a 3.27 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 11 strikeouts across 11 innings. He'll look to keep pitching well in a tricky matchup Saturday against the Yankees on the road.

April 22, 2021 02:28 AM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Earns win in season debut
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Turnbull (1-0) allowed just one run on two hits across five innings to earn the win in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Pirates. He walked two and struck out six.

Making his 2021 debut after starting the year on the COVID-19 injured list, Turnbull hit the ground running, and he likely could have gone longer if he wasn't making his first start after a long layoff, as he only logged 62 pitches. The Tigers are looking for consistent starters around Matthew Boyd, and Turnbull could be one of them after posting a solid 3.97 ERA across 11 starts last season. He lines up to face the Royals on Monday in his next scheduled start.

April 21, 2021 04:44 PM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Activated for first start
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The Tigers activated Turnbull (illness) from the COVID-19 injured list ahead of his scheduled start in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Pirates, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

Turnbull gets a favorable draw in his 2021 debut, taking on an 8-9 Pirates squad lacking one of its top hitters in Ke'Bryan Hayes (wrist). Though manager A.J. Hinch previously suggested that Turnbull would be piggybacked Wednesday, that plan may no longer be in the cards after Tarik Skubal worked three innings behind Michael Fulmer in the opening game of the twin bill. After being delayed due to his recovery from COVID-19, Turnbull isn't yet fully built up to the 75-to-85-pitch range, so it would be surprising if he worked much more than four or five innings Wednesday.

April 20, 2021 12:56 PM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Piggyback start confirmed
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Detroit manager A.J. Hinch confirmed that Turnbull (COVID-19 injured list) will be piggybacked by Tarik Skubal in his first start of the season Wednesday against the Pirates, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports. "[Turnbull is] not built up all the way to that five-to-six innings, 75-to-85 pitch count, so we'll see what he can give us," Hinch said.

Turnbull was placed on the IL prior to Opening Day after testing positive for COVID-19 in mid-March. Though he's since recovered from the virus, the Tigers plan to ease him back into the mix in his 2021 debut, so Skubal stands to cover the bulk of the innings in Wednesday's game. Hinch suggested that Detroit could eventually deploy a six-man rotation that includes Skubal, so this may be a one-time situation for Turnbull, depending on how quickly he's able to build up to a normal workload.

April 19, 2021 02:44 AM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Set to start Wednesday
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Turnbull (COVID-19 protocols) is expected to return from the COVID-19 injured list to start Wednesday against the Pirates, Jason Beck of reports.

Manager A.J. Hinch said there was a "definite chance" the 28-year-old makes his season debut versus Pittsburgh, and the right-hander is now penciled in to start Wednesday. Turnbull missed the start of spring training due to the COVID-19 protocols and has been building up his stamina since reporting in early April, but he could still face some limitations in his first start of the season. Hinch suggested Sunday that Tarik Skubal -- the player Turnbull is replacing in the rotation -- is scheduled to pitch at some point in the Pittsburgh series, so there's a decent likelihood Skubal is deployed as a bulk reliever behind Turnbull on Wednesday, according to Chris McCosky of The Detroit News.

April 16, 2021 09:36 PM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Could return next week
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Manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that there's a "definite chance" that Turnbull (COVID-19 protocols) could return to the rotation during the team's upcoming series against the Pirates, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

Turnbull reported to the Tigers' spring-training facility at the beginning of April after he cleared the league's health and safety protocols. The right-hander has been building up since then, and Hinch revealed that Turnbull had a throwing session Thursday. The Tigers' manager was apparently pleased with Turnbull's progress since he was optimistic that the 28-year-old could make his season debut next week. Turnbull made 11 starts last year and posted a 3.97 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 56.2 innings.

April 1, 2021 10:08 AM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Cleared to rejoin team
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Manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday that Turnbull (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) has been cleared to report to the Tigers' spring-training complex in Lakeland, Fla. to resume workouts, Evan Woodbery of reports.

After nearly two weeks away from the team while he waited to clear protocols, Turnbull will need some time to fully ramp up before Detroit activates him from the COVID-19 injured list. He's expected to throw at least a couple of bullpen sessions in Lakeland before moving on to the organization's alternate site in Toledo, where he'll likely complete a simulated game or two to finish out his throwing progression. Assuming he experiences no snags in the build-up process, Turnbull could be ready to rejoin the Detroit rotation at some point in the second half of April.

March 28, 2021 10:36 AM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Likely out through mid-April
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Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday that he expects Turnbull (COVID-19 injured list) to miss the team's "first few series" of the season, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

While Detroit hasn't explicitly said that Turnbull's placement on the COVID-19 IL a few days ago was the result of a positive test, his projected multi-series absence to begin the season suggests that's indeed the case. Assuming Turnbull doesn't experience any major symptoms during his recovery, he seems unlikely to be ready to go until around mid-April, and he could need additional time beyond that to build up his pitch count after the lengthy break in his throwing progression. Turnbull's absence will clear the way for Matthew Boyd to enter 2021 as the Tigers' No. 1 pitcher.

March 24, 2021 09:28 AM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Headed for IL
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Turnbull won't be available for the start of the regular season after the Tigers announced Wednesday that he will be placed on the COVID-19 injured list, Jason Beck of reports.

Turnbull has been away from the Tigers since the weekend due to COVID-19 protocols and doesn't appear on track to rejoin the club before the end of camp, so Detroit won't be counting on him to fill a spot in the Opening Day rotation. Provided Turnbull isn't dealing with severe symptoms of the virus -- if he's even tested positive -- he likely won't miss extended time, though he still may need a week or two to get his arm reconditioned for starting duty once he clears all protocols. His absence to begin the season will open up a spot in the rotation for non-roster invitee Julio Teheran (back), who was informed Wednesday that he had made the team.

March 21, 2021 11:20 AM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: May miss most of camp
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Turnbull remains away from the rest of his teammates due to COVID-19 protocols and may miss most of the rest of camp, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

Manager A.J. Hinch expressed pessimism Sunday that Turnbull would be able to do much before the end of camp. He built up to four innings in his most recent spring appearance, but the delay may still cause him to miss a turn or two in the rotation to start the year.

March 19, 2021 08:56 AM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Out due to protocols
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Manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that Turnbull is out due to health and safety protocols, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

It's not clear how long Turnbull will be away from the team, but his absence will presumably affect his throwing program, and Stavenhagen suggests it "could potentially throw a wrench in (the) plans for the Opening Day rotation."

March 5, 2021 11:04 AM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Allows two runs in spring debut
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Turnbull allowed two runs on four hits across two innings in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays. He walked one and struck out three.

Turnbull was fairly hittable in his spring debut, and the righty needed 39 pitches to navigate his two innings. Despite the so-so start, Turnbull should have a rotation spot firmly locked down on a Detroit team that isn't exactly full of proven options at this point. The 28-year-old turned in a solid 3.97 ERA and 1.34 WHIP across 56.2 innings last season.

September 26, 2020 12:20 AM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Takes fourth loss
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Turnbull (4-4) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings in Friday's loss to the Royals.

Turnbull couldn't stop Adalberto Mondesi in particular, as the Royals shortstop was in the middle of all three runs against the righty. It's a tough end to a solid season for Turnbull, who finishes with a 3.97 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 51 strikeouts across 56.2 innings in 11 starts.

September 19, 2020 11:32 PM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Another quality start
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Turnbull struck out seven and gave up two runs on five hits over six innings in a 5-2 win over the Indians on Saturday.

After having just two quality starts in his first eight outings, Turnbull has recorded two over his last three starts. He dropped his ERA to 3.83 with the performance and lines up to face the Royals on Friday.

September 14, 2020 08:00 PM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Allows five runs in loss
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Turnbull (4-3) allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings Sunday, striking out five and taking the loss against the White Sox.

Most of the damage against Turnbull came during a White Sox three-run fifth inning, but prior to that, the 27-year-old righty coughed up a solo shot to Eloy Jimenez in the fourth. After the disappointing outing, Turnbull owns a 3.94 ERA and 39:27 K:BB across 45.2 innings. Turnbull will look to get back in the win column Saturday at home against Cleveland.

September 9, 2020 05:52 AM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Picks up fourth win
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Turnbull (4-2) earned the win over Milwaukee on Tuesday, pitching six scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and three walks while striking out three.

Turnbull struggled with his control again Tuesday -- he has now allowed at least three walks in five straight games -- but was able to keep the Brewers off the scoreboard by limiting them to three hits. The right-hander exited after six innings having thrown 88 pitches (53 strikes). Aside from issuing too many free passes, Turnbull has been mostly effective this season, posting a 3.32 ERA and limiting opponents to 28 hits over 40.2 innings. He'll seek his fifth win on the road against the White Sox on Sunday.

September 3, 2020 12:20 AM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Struggles with command Wednesday
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Turnbull allowed five runs on three hits and five walks across 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Brewers Wednesday. He struck out five.

The season-high five walks really worked against Turnbull. The righty's pitch count quickly climbed to 89 before getting the hook, and he was constantly dealing with clogged basepaths. Free passes have been an issue all season for Turnbull, as he now has 23 in just 34.2 innings pitched. The 27-year-old still has a respectable 3.89 ERA, but that number will likely climb quickly if he can't display better command moving forward. Turnbull lines up to face Milwaukee again in his next scheduled start Tuesday.

September 2, 2020 05:32 PM
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull: Good to go for start
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Turnbull (back) is starting Wednesday against the Brewers.

Turnbull received some extra rest while dealing with a stiff back, but he'll be able to make his scheduled start in Milwaukee on Wednesday. The right-hander carries a 2.97 ERA and 1.32 ERA through 30.1 innings this year.

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