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Jacob Turner Injury: Top Pitching Prospect To Be Shut Down For Week

Jacob Turner will not throw a baseball for a week after being diagnosed with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder.

Mar. 7, 2012; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jacob Turner (50) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Mar. 7, 2012; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jacob Turner (50) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Jacob Turner, a top pitching prospect for the Tigers and a candidate for the fifth spot in the Detroit rotation, will sit out for a week while battling what was described by Tigers athletic trainer Kevin Rand as tendintis is his right throwing shoulder.

Said Rand about Tunrner, "The other day in his outing, he had trouble getting loose and trouble finishing off his pitches. So we're basically shutting him down at this point in time to deal with a little bit of a tendinitis issue in his shoulder. We're working on treatment, range of motion and strength until we feel comfortable putting him back out there."

In Turner's last spring training outing he allowed six runs (five earned), and Manager Jim Leyland said afterwards that Turner looked like he had a "dead arm."

The ninth overall pick in the 2009 MLB draft, Turner has consistently ranked amongst Detroit's top minor league prospects since entering the team's system.

It is unclear how Turner's ailment will affect his position on the major league roster as of now.

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