Turner excited for 'fresh start'; Schlitter to DL

Turner excited for 'fresh start'; Schlitter to DL

CHICAGO -- Right-hander Jacob Turner, acquired Friday from the Marlins for two Minor League pitchers, joined the Cubs Sunday, and will be used out of the bullpen in the beginning.

The Cubs placed right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter (right shoulder inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list to make room for Turner on the 25-man roster. Turner was 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA in 20 games (12 starts) with the Marlins, and last pitched on Aug. 3 against the Reds, giving up five runs on nine hits over four innings in a start.

"The reality is, he's got a pretty good arm, he's pretty young, just turned 23 in May, and has been in the big leagues for parts of three years already," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "He came to the big leagues pretty young. We're in a unique position where we have a young man who has had experience here already, hasn't had the success that people might have envisioned for him yet, but it doesn't mean it can't happen. We'll be the ones to see if we can get it going in the right direction."

The right-hander made his Major League debut at 20 on July 30, 2011, with the Tigers, and was traded to the Marlins in July 2012 in the Anibal Sanchez deal. A first-round Draft pick in 2009, Turner has been used primarily as a starter.

"For whatever reason, there were times that it seemed to work out and times when they felt they had to go in a different direction," Turner said. "I'm just excited to be here and I think it'll be a good opportunity to get a fresh start and just kind of regroup a little bit."

He'd like to be a starter again, but wants to see what the Cubs' plans are.

"I don't know what their thought process is," Turner said. "Whatever situation they put me in, it's still the same game. Just go out there and execute pitches."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.