The White Sox announced that Jacob Turner has been recalled from Charlotte and will start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angeles in Anaheim. Turner is a four-year veteran who was acquired off waivers from the Cubs last year. He is 4-7 with a 4.71 ERA in Charlotte.
Turner will become the White Sox ninth starter of the season. He is starting in place of Carlos Rodon who went on the disabled list.
Turner is a four-year veteran who will be making his debut for the White Sox. He has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2014 with the Cubs. Turner had eight appearances in 2014 with six starts and a 6.49 ERA.
Turner will have a lot of pressure on him. The White Sox have been held scoreless in 32 consecutive innings. The White Sox offense has been less than anemic straddling the break.
Turner has given up four or more runs in seven starts this year. Four of those have been six runs or more. The White Sox chose to bring up Turner instead of starting Chris Sale or Carlos Quintana
"White Sox Manager Robin Ventura told WhiteSox.Com:“Having worked in the All-Star Game, I didn’t necessarily ask [Sale] about it, but sometimes they can overthrow and let it go a little more than they would in a normal game,” said Ventura of Sale, who threw nine pitches in San Diego, and Quintana, who threw 13. “I know it was only one inning, but you want to make sure they have that rest.”"
Rodon is eligible to come off the disabled list at the end of the road trip after Wednesday’s game at Seattle. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Rodon is likely to miss one more start beyond that. Turner is likely to make at least two starts.
Turner has pitched better lately, giving up two runs or less in three of his last four starts. The other start was on July 4 and Turner gave up seven runs and 13 hits in 6.2 innings. Turner has been able to have good control throughout his career.
"Project Prospect said of Turner in 2011:I saw Turner sit 90-94 MPH with his fastball for 7 innings. He complimented it with a big, sharp-breaking curveball in the upper 70’s. He also mixed in a low-80’s changeup to lefthanders that was an effective pitch to keep them off-balance, but it was not a strikeout pitch."
Turner was a highly regarded prospect when he was drafted ninth overall by Detroit in 2009. He moved up quickly through the Tigers system. He made it to Detroit in 2011 at the age of 20. Turner went 5.1 innings giving up two runs and striking out six in his debut. He was shelled in his next two starts and sent back to Toledo. In 2012 he had an 8.03 ERA in three starts with the Tigers.
The Tigers traded him to Miami with two other prospects for Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez near the 2012 trading deadline. He pitched well for the Marlins in 2012 and 2013. He struggled with a 5.97 ERA in 2014, The Marlins traded him to the Cubs for two minor leaguers in August 2014.
The White Sox are expected to send Carlos Sanchez back to Charlotte in a corresponding move.