Turner Returns to the Mound for Lakeland

DAYTONA, FL -- Monday evening, Detroit Tigers prospect Jacob Turner toed the slab for his first start of the season. Turner--who has been out of action since the middle of March--tossed four innings of no hit ball.

Working predominately with his fastball, Jacob Turner threw 25 of his 48-pitches for strikes. He allowed just two walks, one of which resulted in a pickoff.

Now healthy and working his way back from shoulder tendinitis, Turner's velocity returned, as his fastball sat between 91-93 mph, peaking at 95 mph.

"There's a lot of positives to take away from tonight's start," said Turner.

"My fastball felt good. It felt like it was coming out normal. That was something that wasn't happening this spring."

"I would have liked to have had a better feel for my breaking ball, but I think that will come with more innings."

Beyond all the impressive numbers lies one important fact; Turner pitched. Uncertainly can make the coolest of customers uneasy. The vague details that have surrounded his absence had left many fans concerned, and rightfully so.

So, where was Turner?

"Unfortunately the tendinitis lasted a little longer than we expected. I've been throwing live BP for a while now though. Obviously everything feels great now."

Assuming that all is in fact well, Turner is in line to return to Daytona for his next start on Saturday.

"I haven't heard anything just yet, but I would assume that I'd pitch again in five days on Saturday."

James R. Chipman is the Lakeland Flying Tigers correspondent for TigsTown. Be sure to follow him on twitter @JAYRC_MCB.

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