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05/14/08 8:03 PM ET
Brewers preach patience with Turnbow
Demoted reliever struggled in first two games at Triple-A
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- Demoted Brewers reliever Derrick Turnbow's second outing at Triple-A Nashville was not much better than his first, but his former manager urged patience. Turnbow recorded two outs, but walked two batters on Tuesday night, a day after he gave up a hit, three walks and two runs in his debut. Of his first 47 pitches for Nashville, just 20 have been strikes. "You just don't get there and snap a finger, flip a switch," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "People don't understand that everything is a process. Maybe they do understand that. But you don't go down there and -- bam! -- you're reformed." The Brewers designated Turnbow for assignment on May 2. He cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Nashville. The team is hoping that Turnbow can return to something resembling the form that made him an All-Star in 2006 before he began to struggle in the second half of that season. Usually, Turnbow's troubles can be related to the command of his fastball, and Yost believes that some time in the Minors will help clear Turnbow's head. "You fight it, you fight it, you fight it, and the old saying is pretty true that you have to reach bottom," Yost said. "You get to where you say, 'the heck with it,' and all of a sudden it starts to turn around. ... It's almost like you don't try as hard and you don't care as much, so you can get back to letting your natural ability flow."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.