So much for the bullpen start idea for Thursday. Instead, it’ll be Jacob Turner facing the Cardinals in his first start for the Tigers this season.
The decision came down too late to get a pregame explanation about it from manager Jim Leyland, but it’s quite possible he just didn’t want to leave his bullpen that stretched, or take the chance that his bullpen would be ready to cover that many innings after Rick Porcello starts Wednesday night.
Turner was winless in three spot starts for the Tigers last season, but pitched decently well in two of them. The 21-year-old went into spring training as one of the favorites to win the open spot in the Tigers rotation, but early spring struggles put him behind before