There were "We want Turnbull" chants during the last start of Taijuan Walker, Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.  Walker gave the Phillies four innings and allowed four earned runs before departing.  We later learned that there was an issue with his finger, and now Walker is headed to the injured list.

The Phillies announced Sunday morning that Walker has been placed on the 15-day injured list with right finger inflammation.   The move is retroactive to June 22.  The injury means that Walker will miss at least two starts, if not three.

Filling his roster spot is Michael Mercado.  Mercado has had a successful season thus far at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.   In 14 games, 10 of them starts, Mercado is 1-1 with a 1.71 ERA.

The IronPigs have, however, limited Mercado's innings in his starts. His last two starts, coming June 11 and June 18, Mercado went 5 innings and 6 innings, respectively.

It will likely be Spencer Turnbull, however, who makes Walker's next scheduled start.  That should come on Wednesday against the Tigers in Detroit.  That would be an interesting homecoming for Turnbull, who threw a no-hitter for the Tigers in 2019.

Turnbull threw three innings in relief of Walker on Friday, so he can prepare for his next start while the rested Mercado joins the bullpen.

 

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