Detroit Tigers: Spencer Turnbull will be returning at the perfect time

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The Detroit Tigers will be getting their pitcher Spencer Turnbull back from his absence to start the season at the perfect time. Turnbull tested positive for COVID-19 and battled that recently, keeping him off of the field and away from the team as they began the 2021 season.

However, Turnbull has finally been cleared to get working again and, after some time down in Lakeland, fine-tuning things. Now he has translated over to the alternate training site where he is hoping to get back to 100% fully and then be elevated back to the big leagues to pitch for the Detroit Tigers.

Coming into the 2021 season, it very well seemed as if Turnbull could be the team’s new ace with Matthew Boyd’s struggles in 2020, but after two starts, it seems that Boyd is making strides in a resurgence to where he used to be.

While Turnbull continues to rehab at the alternate training site, he is expected to return and be a stud for the Tigers organization. He could very well be one of the top arms for this team in 2021 if he is able to make strides on the mound in the big leagues.

The Detroit Tigers are getting pitcher Spencer Turnbull back at the perfect time.

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The timing could not be any better for Turnbull when the Tigers could use the extra starting pitching depth.

With Julio Teheran being placed retroactively to the Injured List (IL), the starting rotation is going to be without a righty.

For now, Michael Fulmer will fill the gap in the rotation and probably be sent back to the starting rotation for the time being.

But once Turnbull is deemed fit to return to the big leagues officially, he will be able to jump back into the rotation.

New manager A.J. Hinch has made it clear that the team will go for a six-man rotation once Teheran returns to the mound.

Turnbull has been looking a lot better, especially with the new pitching coach Chris Fetter working with him.

In Spring Training, Turnbull made three starts where he totaled nine innings where he allowed eight hits and struck out nine batters. The Tigers are going to need Turnbull to get back on the mound and be a productive member of the pitching staff, and it seems like he is primed to do so.

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The hope will be that Tigers can phase Turnbull back into the rotation once he returns to the Motor City after continuing his rehab at the alternate training site.