Miami has called up top pitching prospect Andrew Heaney for his MLB debut Thursday and to make room for him in the rotation the Marlins have demoted Jacob Turner to the bullpen.
Turner posted a nice-looking 3.74 ERA in 20 starts for the Marlins last season as a 22-year-old, but his 77/54 K/BB ratio in 118 innings was less impressive and this season he’s got a 6.38 ERA in nine starts.
Turner is just 23 years old and was a top prospect himself not so long ago–the Marlins acquired him from the Tigers as part of the Anibel Sanchez trade in mid-2012–so he’ll almost surely get another crack in the rotation soon enough.
Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.
Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.
Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.