May 25, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly (33) gets pulled form the game in sixth inning by Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Tigers won 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
The Tigers placed Smyly on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a right intercostal strain. They recalled reliever Luis Marte from Triple-A Toledo to replace Smyly but announced that Turner is the probable pitcher for Tuesday in the second game of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.
To replace Smyly on their roster, the Tigers recalled right-hander Luis Marte.
Smyly hasn’t pitched for the Tigers since July 6, when he sustained the injury during his start against the Kansas City Royals. Because Detroit decided to place the southpaw on the DL he will definitely miss his next scheduled start, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland believes he will likely miss two starts before returning.
Over his 15 starts this season, Smyly, 23, has posted an ERA and WHIP of 4.42 and 1.27.
Marte has appeared in 10 games this season for the Tigers, allowing seven runs on 16 hits and seven walks over his 17 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old has struck out 14 in that span.
Iott is reporting that 21-year-old right-hander Jacob Turner is expected to make Smyly’s next start Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels.
Turner’s started one game for the Tigers this season, holding the St. Louis Cardinals to one run on four hits and five walks over his five innings. He’s spent most of the season pitching for Detroit’s Triple-A affiliate. Over his 10 starts, he’s maintained an ERA and WHIP of 3.16 and 1.213.
Should Turner be in the Tigers rotation for good starting Tuesday?