A young starting pitcher being scratched from a scheduled start and subsequently being placed on the 15-day disabled list is generally not shocking news at this stage of the Major League Baseball season, but in the case of Miami Marlins hurler Jacob Turner, there are some odd circumstances.
Jacob Turner has been placed on the DL with a right shoulder strain, retroactive to April 4. RHP Arquimedes Caminero recalled from NOLA.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) April 9, 2014
The 22-year-old right-hander was injured while taking batting practice prior to his scheduled Tuesday start against the Washington Nationals, and after being scratched in a hurry, the team placed him on the DL. Because it is a shoulder injury on his pitching arm, there is certainly reason to be worried, and the Marlins acted swiftly in diagnosing him and shutting him down for the time being.
Turner was once an elite level prospect as a member of the Detroit Tigers organization, but despite losing some of that luster, he was fairly good in 2013 while posting a 3.74 ERA in 118 innings. Still, Turner is far from the pitcher that many thought he would be, and with little-to-no upside as it is (lack of strikeouts being the culprit), he can little afford any major setback.