DETROIT -- For a while, Jacob Turner looked like a legitimate candidate to start for the Tigers on Wednesday, as he had been moved up in the rotation to line up with that spot. Now, he won't be starting for Double-A Erie on Wednesday, either.
The Tigers have decided to skip their top pitching prospect for a turn, citing his busy stretch last week between appearances at the All-Star Futures Game Sunday in Phoenix, the Eastern League All-Star Game Wednesday in New Hampshire and his moved-up start Friday out of the break.
It isn't his first such break. The 20-year-old right-hander had nine days' rest in mid-June. He'll get the same total by the time he's scheduled to return to the mound for Erie next Monday.
The Tigers haven't definitively said Turner is on an innings count this year in his second professional season, but they're keeping an eye on it.
"We are monitoring his work load," Tigers vice president and assistant general manager Al Avila wrote in an e-mail.