Tigers RHP Spencer Turnbull to have Tommy John surgery

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull, already on the 60-day injured list, will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the majority — if not all — of the 2022 season.

Turnbull has been sidelined with a forearm strain following his last start on June 4. The Tigers transferred him to the 60-day IL on July 7.



Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said tests revealed chronic damage in Turnbull’s elbow. The typical timetable for return from TJ surgery is 12-18 months.

Turnbull, 28, is in his fourth season with Detroit and was 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA. In nine starts, he struck out 44 batters and walked 12 over 50 innings.

Spencer Turnbull
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On May 18, Turnbull no-hit the Mariners in Seattle in a 5-0 win.

In his career, Turnbull has an 11-25 record and a 4.25 ERA. That includes a 3-17 record (4.61 ERA) in 2019.

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