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Marlins release Turnbow and his exploding toe

Mar 17, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

Last week Derrick Turnbow’s big toe “exploded” into “a bloody mess” before he took the mound, yet he still threw a bullpen session moments later because … well, that’s what you do when you’re trying to salvage your career on a minor-league contract.
Unfortunately his comeback attempt hit another snag yesterday when Turnbow’s shoulder began hurting more than usual and this morning the Marlins released the 32-year-old former All-Star.
“More than likely I’ll try to have surgery and get it fixed,” Turnbow told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. “Unless it is something that is just going to take forever to come back.”
Turnbow hasn’t been healthy and effective since saving 39 games with a 1.74 ERA for the Brewers as a 27-year-old in 2005, so he can probably take his sweet time coming back. He barely pitched in 2008, was out of the majors completely last season, and has the worst career walk rate among all active pitchers.
If this isn’t the end of the line, he can probably see it from where he’s standing (or sitting, if that exploding toe is still an issue).

  1. Old Gator - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    Normally, a Feesh scrapheap signing makes sense to me. I have studied the black hole of Feesh payroll policy and comprehend its machinations pretty well. But Turnbow never made much sense to me. This bullpen is, to put it mildly, pretty bad. Here’s a situation where, if you’re going to pretend to be trying to put a winner together, you at least find yourself some journeyman at a near bargain price (as opposed to a flat-out steal) – and there were lots of those this offseason – to bolster a very weak pen. But logic seems to have flown out the window here in Macondo, along with all such pretenses. It’s too bad the player’s union was distracted by the Lee suspension and the latest iteration of Nostrilgate; it’d be nice to see them run the Josh Johnson table on Scrooge and his Chihuahua one more time and find us an inning-eater. Such is life, or what passes for it, south of the border.

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