The Washington Nationals have officially selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner from Triple-A Syracuse, the club announced on Monday morning. In what has become a corresponding roster move, the Nationals have also been forced to transfer right-handed relief pitcher Koda Glover to the club’s 60-day disabled list.
Glover, who has served as Washington’s closer at times this season, has been battling a lingering back injury for the last several weeks.
The 26-year-old Turner is currently in the midst of his first season as a member of the Nationals after previously suiting up for the Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox as well. Originally breaking into the highest level back in 2011 with the Tigers, he has since made 18 regular-season appearances alongside two starts for the Nationals thus far into the 2017 regular season.
Over the course of an even 39 innings of work in all, Turner has amassed a 5.08 ERA in addition to a 2-3 record. Adding 15 strikeouts against eight walks in 2017, the veteran right-hander has also tallied one hold and three blown saves as part of a struggling Nationals bullpen. For his major league career as a whole, Turner currently owns a 5.09 ERA across 97 regular-season appearances, 55 starts and 362.1 innings of work.
Entering play on Monday afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds, the first-place Nationals will be sporting a stellar 55-36 record. As it stands today, Washington leads the 45-45 Atlanta Braves by 9.5 games in the National League East Division.