Spencer Turnbull may have thrown his last pitch for the Detroit Tigers.
It's wild to think about this, but just a few years ago, it seemed like Spencer Turnbull might be a piece of the team's rotation moving forward. However, the Tigers have not gotten much from Turnbull, and his time in Detroit may be up.
After a demotion from Detroit to Triple-A, Spencer Turnbull may have thrown his final pitch in Detroit. In 2023 Turnbull finally returned from Tommy John Surgery; however, things did not go well for the right-handed pitcher.
In 2023, Turnbull made seven starts with Detroit, where he pitched to a 7.26 ERA, a 1.68 WHIP, and 15 walks to 24 strikeouts over 31.0 innings of work. It's a bit concerning for Turnbull that he averaged less than five innings of work on his starts at the MLB level in 2023.
After his recent option to Toledo, there was some outcry from the right-hander, who was upset about the demotion. He ended up declining a start in Toledo, and there seems to be some deadlock between the two sides.
With that in mind, it becomes harder and harder to see Turnbull returning to Detroit in 2023, let alone 2024. But as the Tigers go out and pencil in their starting rotation for 2024, Turnbull will be left off, and for good reason.
It seems that Turnbull had his cup of coffee in the big leagues, trying to get things to work out in Detroit. It appears that the right-hander was unable to get things back on track, and the Tigers are not going to continue trotting him out there.
With all this in mind and a bit of a stalemate between the two sides, it's easy to think that Turnbull is out of the picture for 2024, and the Tigers will move in other directions for their starting rotation.