ANAHEIM -- Tigers top prospect Jacob Turner was scratched from his scheduled start for Class A West Michigan Tuesday night with a right forearm strain, but the injury isn't believed to be serious.
Turner was scheduled to make his third professional start for the Whitecaps at Dayton, but was taken out of the assignment late, MiLB.com reported. Victor Larez made the spot start in Turner's place and tossed 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in a 3-0 loss.
The Tigers drafted Turner with the ninth overall pick in last year's First-Year Player Draft and signed him to a Major League contract. After spending the first half of Spring Training in Major League camp, Turner went to West Michigan, where he has tossed nine innings of one-run ball in his first two starts. He has allowed seven hits but no walks and 11 strikeouts.
The Tigers' other highly touted pitching prospect, left-hander Casey Crosby, has been sidelined since the end of Spring Training with a sore elbow.