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Tigers’ Jacob Turner shut down with dead arm

Mar 13, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

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Detroit’s top prospect is rapidly falling out of the mix for a rotation spot.

Jacob Turner, who gave up six runs — five earned — in 1 2/3 innings Monday against the Mets, has been shut down for a few days due to a “dead-arm period,” said manager Jim Leyland.

Though he’s just 20, Turner looked like the favorite to act as the Tigers’ fifth starter at the start of camp. Now it’s Andrew Oliver, who has pitched seven scoreless innings in official games and three more in an exhibition against a college team earlier this month. Drew Smyly, who has allowed one run in four innings, is also in the mix.

Turner got brought up in most the Tigers’ trade talks over the winter, with several teams trying to pry him away. The ninth overall pick in the 2009 draft, he had a 3.44 ERA and a 110/35 K/BB ratio in 131 innings between Double- and Triple-A last year. He went 0-1 with an 8.53 ERA in three late starts for Detroit.

  1. philliesblow - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    I still see Duane Below as the most likely fifth starter.

    My “dead arm period” celebrated it’s 30th anniversary this spring. Hope Turner comes back quicker.

  2. jason1214 - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Tigers will add Lannan and sew up the AL Central. No I’m not a Tigers fan.

  3. groundruledoublebourbon - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Fully expecting Brandon Inge to go on the DL soon with “dead bat”

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