Minneapolis — The mystery of the Sunday starter was solved by default Saturday night.
When the Toledo Mud Hens started Warwick Saupold in their game, that almost certainly meant that right-hander Jacob Turner was going to be summoned to start for the Tigers against the Twins.
The Tigers made that official after their 7-5 win over the Twins, but with an unexpected twist. To make room for Turner, whose contract was purchased, they designated veteran right-hander Zach McAllister for assignment.
The Tigers had signed McAllister just eight days ago.
"We saw what we were looking for in the velocity," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "But he got banged around a little bit. His breaking ball was kind of loopy. I think he's got a better one, but we just don't have time right now."
McAllister appeared in three games for the Tigers and was tagged for eight runs and 10 hits in 3.1 innings.
"We're so strapped for starting pitching right now, we've got to do something," Gardenhire said. "We weren't going to send the guy out who won the ballgame for us tonight (Ryan Carpenter). He pitched well and we need starters.
"It's unfortunate. I would have liked to see (McAllister) around here."
With starters Blaine Hardy (elbow), Artie Lewicki (elbow) and Michael Fulmer (oblique) on the disabled list, the Tigers have had to dip into the shallow pool of Triple-A starters. Carpenter gave the Tigers 5.1 innings Saturday and earned his first big-league win.
Turner, who has been DFA'd six times in his career and three times this year, will be looking to make amends for his first spot start with the Tigers on Aug. 7 against the Angels. He gave up seven runs (five earned) and six hits in just one inning.
The Tigers will be two arms short in the bullpen on Sunday. McAllister is gone and setup man Joe Jimenez threw 33 pitches in the eighth inning Saturday.
"There's not much we can do about it," Gardenhire said.