When your about to be optioned out, then report an injury everyone’s going to be suspicious. That’s what the players have a union for. Getting to free agency means lots of money for a healthy pitcher today, and one who’s going over 30 before one free agency it’s very important. You look around and see Boyd getting 10 million, and think there go I if I’m a free agent.
Spending another year of service or being injured is a no brainer. The Tigers don’t have the pitching either way it falls for Turnbull this year anyways. They had about 17 or 16 different starters last year, and some will make their way back to the active roster eventually so there will be guys dropped. As with any other job or profession we can all understand Turnbull’s actions.
The last Boyd start sent the fans back to reality FAST. The Tigers can’t be expected to extend E rod either as he just out pitched Verlander, who while it was his first start this year still makes 3 times as much as E rod. The Tigers with their lovable bunch of castaways can’t be expected to hit at the rate they have been in all reality. The Tiger pitching is not good enough to make it over .500, so the quicker they move E rod the better the return to them.