Cubs shut down Jacob Turner with an elbow injury


Right-hander Jacob Turner was in the mix for the Cubs’ final rotation spot, but a sore right elbow has eliminated him from the competition and will likely cause him to begin the season on the disabled list.

J.J. Stankevitz of reports that an MRI exam revealed no structural damage in Turner’s elbow, but “did reveal a minor flexor strain and a bone bruise.”

Acquired from the Marlins last August, the 23-year-old former top-10 draft pick is out of minor-league options and must be kept on the 25-man roster (or the disabled list) unless the Cubs want to risk passing him through waivers. He has a 4.97 ERA in 299 career innings.