Cubs right-hander Jacob Turner will be shut down from throwing for at least one month after a second opinion confirmed the diagnosis of a bone bruise and flexor strain in his elbow.
J.J. Stankevitz of CSNChicago.com reports that an MRI exam revealed no ligament damage, so that’s the good news. Turner is out of minor-league options, so he’ll begin the season on the Cubs’ disabled list and then be sent out on a lengthy minor-league rehab assignment once he’s healthy enough to resume throwing.
Turner had been in the mix for the final spot in the Cubs’ rotation. He struggled last season, but the 24-year-old former top-10 draft pick has a 4.97 ERA in 299 career innings.