Lakeland MLN: Briceno Injury, New Retiree

More updates from Lakeland, as TigsTown gets a quick injury update on starter Endrys Briceno, who recently hit the disabled list. Plus, which member of the team (and a member of the TigsTown Top 50) has decided to hang up his cleats.

Jordan John Retires

Southpaw Jordan John has decided to retire from the game of baseball.

The Detroit Tigers selected John in the 6th round of the 2012 draft. John posted a solid 2.92 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over 111 innings at Class-A West Michigan last season.

The 23-year-old Tommy John survivor had a strong debut for Lakeland this season, striking out six over five innings in Tampa against the Yankees. His second outing was equally as impressive--aside from a five run third inning--as John made adjustments putting up zeros, logging seven innings to save the bullpen. His third start however yielded less than stellar results as John struggled mightily against Brevard County's predominantly right-handed lineup. John recorded just two outs and allowed five earned runs off three hits and three walks.

Shortly after the outing John reportedly informed the organization that he would be retiring and leaving the game for personal reasons.

I reached out to John Wednesday and he simply stated that, "sometimes things happen in life and we just have to do what's best."

Surprising decision to say least. Regardless, best of luck to Jordan in his future endeavors.

Pitching coach Mike Maroth also confirmed that lefty Josh Turley would take John's spot in the rotation. Turley currently boasts a 1.74 ERA with 9 strikeouts over 10 1/3 innings this season. You can find my recent scouting report on Turley here. In short, Turley features a deep 5-pitch kitchen sink arsenal including a running fastball, change-up, slider, curveball and my personal favorite: a knuckleball.

Regarding Turley's knuckleball:

"Oh yeah, you'll see it on Friday," pitching coach Mike Maroth said. "[Turley] definitely has the green light. I like it and I encourage Josh to throw it. Both catchers have new larger gloves to help them receive it too."

Briceno Injury Update

Endrys Briceno was placed on the disabled list about a week ago with what was described as a sore elbow, leaving many concerned about the potential for greater injury and potentially losing a crucial season of development.

From TigsTown Director of Scouting Mark Anderson: I've gotten word from multiple sources in the organization that Briceno's injury is minor; supposedly just muscle related and not related to ligament/tendon in the elbow. The muscle issue is causing some soreness, but they don't expect this to turn into anything significant; not sure he'll be back after the minimum, but it shouldn't be too long.

So, it appears at least that the Flying Tigers haven't lost two members of their rotation for an extended period of time, at least.

James Chipman is the Senior Lakeland Correspondent for TigsTown. Be sure to follow him on twitter @JAYRC_TigsTown.

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