Marlins notebook

Miami Marlins’ Jacob Turner much better in second outing

 

mnavarro@MiamiHerald.com

The first time Jacob Turner took the mound for the Marlins this spring, he couldn’t get out of the first inning. He hit a batter, walked three, gave up four hits and six earned runs and got just one out before being pulled against the Cardinals on Thursday.

His second start — in a “B” game against the Mets played on a back field behind Roger Dean Stadium — went much more smoothly. The 21-year-old right-hander, acquired in the deal that sent Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers, pitched two scoreless innings Tuesday morning, walking two, striking out one and throwing 13 of his 24 pitches for strikes.

Turner didn’t give up any hits or runs in the Marlins’ 4-0 win.

“I felt more comfortable this time out,” said Turner, who before the start of spring was projected to be the team’s No. 2 starter behind Ricky Nolasco. “I felt like there were a couple of times it maybe got a little of sync timing wise. Other than that, I threw a lot of good quality pitches I wanted to throw. I’m getting back to the plan on the fastball, getting ground balls and just pitching to my strengths.”

Manager Mike Redmond and pitching coach Chuck Hernandez both were encouraged. “He had better rhythm in his delivery, throwing the ball downhill a little bit better,” Hernandez said. “[Tuesday] was a step forward in getting him back on track a little bit.”

Redmond said although the first four slots in the top of the rotation are “close to being set … there is a still couple of question marks.”

“We’re counting on guys like him to go out there and pitch in that rotation, pound the strike zone and give us a chance to win,” Redmond said. “At the same time, too, they’re young. You always have to keep that in the back of your mind.”

• After missing starts Sunday and Tuesday, third baseman Placido Polanco (strained back) is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday, Redmond said. Polanco went through full team activities Tuesday, including fielding ground balls.

• Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs has a strained calf according to Redmond. Dobbs hasn’t played since Feb. 24. “He’s going to run [Wednesday],” Redmond said. “He should be game-ready in the next couple days.”

•  Kolby Copeland, a 2012 third-round pick and minor-league outfield prospect for the Marlins, received a 50-game suspension Tuesday for refusing to take an offseason drug test. His suspension will begin at the start of the season. Copeland, 19, is on the roster of the Class A Batavia (N.Y.) Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League.

COMING UP

•  Wednesday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (0-1, 5.40 ERA with Marlins) at St. Louis Cardinals RHP Jake Westbrook (12-9, 4.66 ERA with Cardinals), 1:05 p.m. Jupiter.

•  Thursday: Marlins RHP Nolasco (12-13, 4.48 ERA with Marlins) at Mets RHP Matt Harvey (3-5, 2.73 ERA with Mets), 1:10 p.m., Port St. Lucie.

Read more Miami Marlins stories from the Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category