Jacob Turner has a 1.76 ERA since his May 31 promotion

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Jacob Turner has been a well-known name in the baseball world for so long that it’s almost difficult to believe he is only 22 years old. And yet here we are.

The young righty was ranked a Top-30 prospect by Baseball America three offseasons in a row (2010-2012) and is rounding into a pretty nice major league pitcher here in 2013 with the Marlins. He threw the first complete game of his career on Saturday evening against the Padres, allowing just one run while fanning seven as Miami picked up a 7-1 victory.

Turner is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in six starts since his promotion to the major leagues on May 31.

He has only 27 strikeouts in 41 innings, but that’s just the kind of pitcher he is.

“I’ve always been able to pound the strike zone; that’s been my biggest strength,” Turner said late Saturday night. And making half his starts at the cavernous Marlins Park should help keep that a sound strategy.

Adrian Gonzalez might retire after his contract is up if his back isn’t any better

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Despite dealing with back trouble for five years, Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers recently made his first ever trip to the disabled list. Then he made another trip there. All of it has him contemplating his future. As he tells Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, his baseball future may be a short one if his health doesn’t improve:

“I want to get back this year to help the team and for me to be healthy,” Gonzalez said. “But I’m thinking more long-term about being able to play more years.

“Because if I have to deal with this next year again? That’ll probably be it. My contract will be over, that’ll probably be it. I won’t play any more. If I can heal it and my body feels good? Now I can go out there and do the things I can do. Then I’ll keep playing.”

Backs are one of those things that don’t get better as you get older. At least not without a lot of work and effort and good luck. Gonzalez is 35 now, so he’ll need all of that to keep playing beyond his current deal.

The Cubs send Kyle Schwarber to the minors

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Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.

Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.

Now this:

The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.