Tigers to deploy six-man rotation when Turnbull returns? Hinch noncommittal

Turnbull, who was vying to be the Tigers’ Opening Day starter, made three spring starts, the last on March 14, before he was shut down and placed in quarantine.

“It’s the cool chess match you get to play in baseball,” said catcher Grayson Greiner, who will likely catch lefty Tarik Skubal against the Indians on Saturday, just as he did at Comerica Park last Sunday.

Trying to maneuver five players who only play outfield into three lineup spots on a daily basis is a Rubik’s cube dilemma for a manager.

Now he can’t take him out of the lineup, which is why JaCoby Jones got two days off against the Twins and Robbie Grossman got the night off Friday.

The Tigers have selected five players from the alternate site to travel on this three-city trip and serve as a taxi squad — pitchers Kyle Funkhouser, Alex Lange and Erasmo Ramirez, infielder Renato Nunez and catcher Dustin Garneau.

Taxi squads were a pandemic procedure implemented last year to protect teams from a sudden outbreak of COVID-19.

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