According to multiple reports, the Cubs have shut down RHP Jacob Turner and he will begin the season on the disabled list.
An MRI on Turner’s right elbow revealed a flexor strain and bone bruise but no ligament damage. Turner will reportedly get a second opinion on the injury
The Cubs have not provided a timeframe for a possible return. But with only one outing this spring, it would take him at least month of rehab starts once he gets back to where he was in Spring Training prior to the injury.
Jacob Turner faced the Giants last Thursday in Scottsdale in one of the Cubs two spring openers. Turner did not allow a run in two innings of work. Turner gave up a hit, walked two and struck out a batter.
The Cubs picked up Turner’s $1 million club option for this season after acquiring him last year from the Marlins. The Cubs put in a waiver claim on Turner when the Marlins tried to sneak him through last season. The Cubs sent RHP Jose Arias and RHP Tyler Bremer to Miami for Turner.
Jacob Turner appeared in eight games for the Cubs after the trade and made six starts. Turner was 2-4 with a 6.49 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 4.52 FIP. Turner struck out 17 batters and walked 10 in 34 2/3 innings while allowing 42 hits.
For the season, Jacob Turner was 6-11 in 28 games, 18 starts, for the Cubs and Marlins with a 6.13 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 4.16 FIP. Turner gave up 148 hits with 33 walks and 71 strikeouts in 113 innings.
The 23-year old right hander has a 11-25 career record over four seasons in the majors with a 4.97 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 4.46 FIP.
With Jacob Turner out for at least the beginning of the season and LHP Tsuyoshi Wada dealing with injuries, the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation is between LHP Travis Wood, RHP Edwin Jackson and LHP Felix Doubront. The two unfortunate injuries also open the door for RHP Dallas Beeler and LHP Eric Jokisch. Both Jokisch and Beeler are ticketed for Iowa but if Wood is dealt or any more injuries it the starting pitchers in camp, Jokisch and Beeler will continue moving up the depth chart.