Tigers place Spencer Turnbull on IL, deliver again reliever from Toledo


Detroit Tigers start pitcher Spencer Turnbull, the left the game on Friday after just four innings, was placed on the 10-day injured list with right forearm loading.

Right-handed Bryan Garcia, demoted to Triple-A Toledo just five days ago, has been called back to take Turnbull’s place on the roster.

Turnbull did well after allowing only one run to hit a solo homer from Yasmani Grandal when he reported discomfort to head coach Doug Teter.

“He came in complaining of a little sore muscles,” said Tigers manager AJ Hinch after the game. “When that happened we talked to him pretty quickly and then got him out of there.”

Hinch said Saturday morning that there were no further updates on Turnbull’s status or the length of time he could miss.

Turnbull, 28, was perhaps the Tigers’ best starter in 2021, with an ERA of 2.88 in 50 innings of work. He threw a no-hitter on May 18 in Seattle.

Turnbull missed the start of the 2021 season after testing positive for COVID-19. Otherwise, he only has two short positions on the injured list in his career, both in 2019.

Bryan Garcia, 26, finished last season as the Tigers closer team but will struggle with control in 2021. He has a 5.30 ERA in 18 2/3 innings of work with 14 walks and 18 strikeouts.

He only made one appearance in Triple-A Toledo before being called back to major leagues.

The Tigers will have to take another step on Sunday to activate Jose Ureña from the injured list.

If Turnbull is absent for more than 10 days, they also need to think about finding a starter mug to replace it. In the short term, they could use an internal option like Tyler Alexander.


Players in bold are on the active 26-member list.

Left-handed pitcher (7): Tyler Alexander, Matthew Boyd, Derek Holland, Daniel Norris, Tarik Skubal, Gregory Soto, Joey Wentz **.

Right-handed pitcher (14): Beau Burrows, Jose Cisnero, Alex Faedo **, Michael Fulmer, Kyle Funkhouser, Bryan Garcia, Rony Garcia, Joe Jimenez, Alex Lange, Matt Manning, Casey Mize, Erasmo Ramirez *, Spencer Turnbull *, José Ureña *.

Catcher (4): Grayson Greiner *, Eric Haase, Wilson Ramos *, Jake Rogers.

Infielder (8): Miguel Cabrera, Jeimer Candelario, Harold Castro, Willi Castro, Niko Goodrum, Isaac Paredes, Jonathan Schoop, Zack Short.

Outfielder (7): Akil Baddoo, Daz Cameron, Robbie Grossman, Derek Hill, JaCoby Jones, Nomar Mazara, Victor Reyes *.

* on the 10-day Major League Injury List

** on the 7-day minor league injury list

Right-handed pitcher Julio Tehran (right shoulder load) is on the 60-day injured list, which removes him from the 40-man squad.