The Spencer Turnbull saga last left off with him being optioned to Triple-A, not reporting to Toledo, then being placed on the IL with an apparent neck injury. He also hired Scott Boras as his agent.
The latest installment involves him performing poorly in his rebab assignment — to the tune of a 7.71 ERA. The result is him being optioned back to Triple-A after being activated off the IL.
Given the poor performance both at the MLB level and at the Triple-A level, this move kind of had to be done. The Tigers can't afford to trot him out there if he is going to pitch like this.
Considering what happened earlier this season, you still have to wonder whether he's pitched his last game as a Tiger. You also have to wonder how much of his struggles are attitude and motivation-related at ths point. It just seems like Turnbull doesn't want to be here.
Expect this to be resolved sometime this offseason, whether he simply gets non-tendered or the Tigers find a trade partner. The writing is in the wall for this guy.
Spencer Turnbull had some cool moments in a Tigers uniform. Obviously the no-hitter in Seattle in 2021 comes to mind. He got off to such a good start in 2021 before having to undergo Tommy John surgery. Scott Harris even went to bat for him in spring training this season when he was set to return.
But it seems like his days in this organization are numbered. Who knows? Maybe the two sides find a way to patch things up. But that seems highly unlikely at the moment.