Detroit Tigers: Spencer Turnbull’s season comes to a close

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The Detroit Tigers have received some rough news in regards to one of their best starting pitchers. Right-handed pitcher Spencer Turnbull will be on the shelf for the next 12 to 16 months or so while in recovery.

Turnbull will be undergoing Tommy John Surgery, as the Detroit Tigers announced on Tuesday. This may not be a total surprise to some as he was already having issues as he was working on a rehab assignment in Lakeland.

With some arm issues as it is and recurring soreness, Turnbull has taken steps back, and now with the announcement of Turnbull needing Tommy John surgery, it’s more than a few steps back. Keep in mind, Turnbull is coming off of a month of May this year where he threw a no-hitter.

Turnbull was on against the Seattle Mariners and wound up piecing together an incredible night on the bump to make Tigers history with the no-no. Now, just two months later, Turnbull finds himself on the Injured List on a long road to recovery.

The Detroit Tigers are going to be without Spencer Turnbull for some time now after undergoing Tommy John Surgery.

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As Turnbull’s 2021 season has come to a close, he put together some great stats to start things off. Turnbull made nine starts in 2021, where he had a 2.88 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. He was lights out in his 50 innings of work on the season.

The hope should be that Turnbull can get back to this form after he returns from surgery and rehabs through it.

While some may be hopeful that Turnbull can come back stronger than ever, but that’s not always the case.

Either way, Turnbull needing Tommy John Surgery is a big blow to the organization. The younger players are starting to poke their way through into big leagues, with Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal being mainstays in the MLB.

Turnbull seemed to have turned a new leaf and been a collected and new pitcher on the mound in 2021. Hopefully, he can make a speedy recovery and be able to get back to that same level of competition on the mound once again.

One thing to look forward to is Turnbull will likely be able to cross paths with Dylan Smith, who will be in the minors next season. Both are alumni of the University of Alabama. The Tigers love themselves some SEC players.

Hopefully, the two can cross paths on Turnbull’s road to recovery.

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Nonetheless, best of luck to Turnbull on the road ahead as he works to get back from his injury.