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Detroit Tigers: Spencer Turnbull activated from IL, will start Friday night

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CLEVELAND, OHIO - JUNE 22: Starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull #56 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 22, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - JUNE 22: Starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull #56 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 22, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Detroit Tigers standout rookie starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull is set to make his return to the mound on Friday night in Kansas City.

The impressive performance of rookie starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull might have been one of the few highlights of the first half of the season for the Detroit Tigers. Turnbull left his last start on June 27th after just two innings and was placed on the 10-day IL with shoulder inflammation, however, the rookie is now ready to get back on the mound.

The Tigers have Turnbull slated to start Friday night’s series opener against the Royals in Kansas City. The rookie right-hander was a standout for the Detroit Tigers in the first half, and hopefully, his impressive performances can translate into the second part of the season as well.

Through 17 starts this year for Detroit, Turnbull has a 3-8 record but a solid 3.31 ERA. He was mentioned in early AL Rookie of the Year talks during May and June, but his stint on the IL could hold him back from being considered for such honors.

If he does shine as much or even more in the second half than he did in the first, then maybe Turnbull could be in line for some recognition. On a Detroit Tigers team predicated on the success of young, up-and-coming talent, Turnbull has shown possibly of the most impressive growth of anyone on the roster in 2019.

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Spencer Turnbull’s return from the IL does a huge favor for the Detroit Tigers’ starting rotation. Constant shakeups due to injury have plagued the team’s rotation this year, so regaining one of the league’s breakout young arms should serve as a major help. Turnbull has 3 starts this year against Kansas City with a 1.42 ERA in those games.

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