WASHINGTON -- Starting pitcher Jacob Turner, who isn’t employed in the majors because of his bat, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday — one day after injuring his throwing shoulder while practicing his swing.
Turner was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday and flown home to Miami, where he was to undergo a MRI. Brad Hand started in Turner's place, and the Marlins recalled reliever Arquimedes Caminero from Triple A New Orleans.
Manager Mike Redmond said Turner sustained the injury, a right shoulder strain, while practicing with the team's other pitchers inside the batting cage before Tuesday's game.
“The starters hit everyday as part of their routine,” manager Mike Redmond said. “I don’t know if he over-swung. He took a swing and felt something in his shoulder, or back area.”
Turner was placed on the DL retroactive to April 4. Redmond said that, depending on the results of the MRI, it’s possible Turner will miss no more than two additional starts.
Hand was in contention for the fifth spot in the rotation during spring training but, after losing out to Tom Koehler, started the season in the bullpen. He earned his first big-league save on Friday by pitching three innings in relief.
Caminero enjoyed a strong spring (2.00 ERA while allowing only three hits and a walk in nine innings of work), but was sent to the minors to start the season. The Marlins envision Caminero as someone who can pitch multiple innings in relief when needed. Caminero worked two innings in each of his outings at New Orleans.
The Washington Nationals will likely think twice before putting on another defensive shift the next time Garrett Jones steps to the plate. With the Nationals’ infield over-shifted toward the right — with three infielders positioned between first and second — Jones dropped down a bunt toward unmanned third base in his first at bat Tuesday and beat it out without a play.
On Jones’ next at bat, the Nationals shifted, but with two infielders positioned on either side of the infield. Shortstop Ian Desmond was shaded a few steps closer to the bag at second.
“That’s one of the things that eliminates shifts,” Redmond said of Jones’ bunt. “It worked and the next play they had to respect him, so they changed their defense.”
Jones said the last time he attempted a bunt to outmaneuver a shift was in 2009. After that, he said, he became “stubborn about it” and refused to let an opponents’ defense dictate his strategy at the plate.
After Tuesday's successful bunt, Jones said he’ll bunt again with the shift on if necessary.
• Thursday: Marlins RHP Koehler (1-0, 3.00) at Washington Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (0-1, 6.10), 4:05 p.m., Nationals Park.
• Friday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (2-0, 0.71) at Philadelphia Phillies RHP A.J. Burnett (0-1, 3.86), 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.