Marlins release Turnbow and his exploding toe

Leave a comment

Last week Derrick Turnbow’s big toe “exploded” into “a bloody mess” before he took the mound, yet he still threw a bullpen session moments later because … well, that’s what you do when you’re trying to salvage your career on a minor-league contract.
Unfortunately his comeback attempt hit another snag yesterday when Turnbow’s shoulder began hurting more than usual and this morning the Marlins released the 32-year-old former All-Star.
“More than likely I’ll try to have surgery and get it fixed,” Turnbow told Joe Frisaro of “Unless it is something that is just going to take forever to come back.”
Turnbow hasn’t been healthy and effective since saving 39 games with a 1.74 ERA for the Brewers as a 27-year-old in 2005, so he can probably take his sweet time coming back. He barely pitched in 2008, was out of the majors completely last season, and has the worst career walk rate among all active pitchers.
If this isn’t the end of the line, he can probably see it from where he’s standing (or sitting, if that exploding toe is still an issue).

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.