Turley All Healed

Nik Turley was in the midst of the breakout season many believed he was primed to have in 2011, mowing down South Atlantic League batters and even earning a mid-season promotion to high-A, before a broken hand in early July put him on the shelf. While he admits the whole ordeal was frustrating, he says he is completely healed now and ready to continue his better pitching next season.

"I feel like I was doing really well until I got hurt," Turley said. "I didn't have the best couple of outings in Tampa, but I don't feel like they went terribly. I actually felt happy with the first one. I did a few things and they scored a couple of runs but I felt good about it."

He allowed three earned runs in his Florida State League debut on July 3rd after posting a 2.51 ERA and striking out 82 batters in 82 1/3 innings with the Charleston RiverDogs, but saw his Tampa season cut short when he took a liner off of his hand in his second Tampa start on July 9th.

"The kid squared it up pretty good," he said of the play. "I just didn't have too much time to react. I didn't even have time to finish the pitch.

"The leg that I push off of didn't even land yet. I threw [the pitch], my glove hand was down back close to my body, and the ball came right at my face. I tried to catch it. I just threw both of my hands up in front of my face so it didn't hit me in the head.

"It was just kind of self preservation. It would have hit me in the face. It went right at my head. That's what happens when you leave the ball down the middle I guess."

As horrific as it might have seemed at that exact moment, Turley actually didn't think he sustained that serious an injury when it happened.

"It hurt pretty bad," he said. "The hand went numb but I tried to pitch, but I couldn't grip my changeup so they took me out. The trainer thought it was okay because I could move it. I thought it was okay too. I could move it fine, I could make a fist."

Though the ball struck him on the knuckle of his left pinky, he actually broke a bone on the inside of the pinky finger and he found out that that he was going to be on the shelf for a while.

"I was really frustrated," he admitted. "Charleston wasn't easy but I was used to doing so well that when I went to Tampa I knew I would do well. I thought I would, I just had to change a couple of things.

"I was just being a little bit predictable [in Tampa]. When I was in Charleston I could get away with that. I was keeping the ball down, down and away, and I just wouldn't elevate my fastball. I wouldn't change their eye level and they were just looking down and away and would hit it to the opposite field.

"I had to make a couple of changes but just didn't get the chance to. I was really frustrated with that."

Originally slated to miss just a few weeks, it quickly became apparent that he would have to miss the rest of the season. Now with an eye towards 2012, Turley, who will remain in Tampa all offseason once again, says he is completely healthy.

"I'm good. I'm all healed up," he declared. "The last couple of weeks I've started doing some upper-body lifting. I'm feeling stronger in my upper body and my hand feels strong, and the finger feels good. I'm ready to go."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I feel like I was doing really well until I got hurt,\" Turley said. \"I didn't have the best couple of outings in Tampa, but I don't feel like they went terribly. I actually felt happy with the first one. I did a few things and they scored a couple of runs but I felt good about it.\"
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\r\nHe allowed three earned runs in his Florida State League debut on July 3rd after posting a 2.51 ERA and striking out 82 batters in 82 1/3 innings with the Charleston RiverDogs, but saw his Tampa season cut short when he took a liner off of his hand in his second Tampa start on July 9th.
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\r\n\"The kid squared it up pretty good,\" he said of the play. \"I just didn't have too much time to react. I didn't even have time to finish the pitch.
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\r\n\"The leg that I push off of didn't even land yet. I threw [the pitch], my glove hand was down back close to my body, and the ball came right at my face. I tried to catch it. I just threw both of my hands up in front of my face so it didn't hit me in the head.
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\r\n\"It was just kind of self preservation. It would have hit me in the face. It went right at my head. That's what happens when you leave the ball down the middle I guess.\"
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\r\nAs horrific as it might have seemed at that exact moment, Turley actually didn't think he sustained that serious an injury when it happened.
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\r\n\"It hurt pretty bad,\" he said. \"The hand went numb but I tried to pitch, but I couldn't grip my changeup so they took me out. The trainer thought it was okay because I could move it. I thought it was okay too. I could move it fine, I could make a fist.\"
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\r\nThough the ball struck him on the knuckle of his left pinky, he actually broke a bone on the inside of the pinky finger and he found out that that he was going to be on the shelf for a while.
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\r\n\"I was really frustrated,\" he admitted. \"Charleston wasn't easy but I was used to doing so well that when I went to Tampa I knew I would do well. I thought I would, I just had to change a couple of things.
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\r\n\"I was just being a little bit predictable [in Tampa]. When I was in Charleston I could get away with that. I was keeping the ball down, down and away, and I just wouldn't elevate my fastball. I wouldn't change their eye level and they were just looking down and away and would hit it to the opposite field.
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\r\n\"I had to make a couple of changes but just didn't get the chance to. I was really frustrated with that.\"
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\r\nOriginally slated to miss just a few weeks, it quickly became apparent that he would have to miss the rest of the season. Now with an eye towards 2012, Turley, who will remain in Tampa all offseason once again, says he is completely healthy.
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\r\n\"I'm good. I'm all healed up,\" he declared. \"The last couple of weeks I've started doing some upper-body lifting. I'm feeling stronger in my upper body and my hand feels strong, and the finger feels good. I'm ready to go.\"
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