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Ed Lucas returns to Miami Marlins; Greg Dobbs gets walking papers

 
 
Ed Lucas, who began the season on the disabled list with a broken hand, was reinstated to the Marlins roster Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
Ed Lucas, who began the season on the disabled list with a broken hand, was reinstated to the Marlins roster Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
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Ed Lucas healed quickly — so quickly that it cost Greg Dobbs his job.

Lucas, who began the season on the disabled list with a broken hand, was reinstated to the roster Tuesday. To make room for the versatile utility player, the Marlins gave Dobbs his walking papers by designating him for assignment.

“It’s never a good thing when you have to move a player, and certainly someone who has meant so much to us as Dobbs has,” explained Marlins general manager Dan Jennings. “But it was time for us as an organization to make that move, and Ed was ready to go.”

Dobbs, a pinch-hit specialist, had gone just 1 for 13 in that role for the Marlins this season, and hadn’t had a pinch-hit since the season opener on March 31. Nor had he played even one inning in the field.

On the same day that Lucas was informed he had made the Marlins’ Opening Day roster, his hand was broken by a pitch in a spring-training game. He was expected to miss up to six weeks but made it back sooner.

Lucas started on Tuesday at second base, where the Marlins have tried several players — including Derek Dietrich, Donovan Solano and Jeff Baker — as the team’s projected second baseman, Rafael Furcal, sustained yet another injury setback during his rehab stint last week.

Furcal, who is on the disabled list for a hamstring injury, injured his groin last week with Double A Jacksonville.

“We signed him as our second baseman,” Jennings said of Furcal. “We need him back. We want him back. But we’ve got to get him healthy.”

Assuming the Marlins are unable to trade Dobbs and he becomes a free agent, they’ll be on the hook for the bulk of his $1.7 million salary, minus the prorated minimum salary any new team would be required to pay him.

Dobbs and his agent worked out his current extension last season with owner Jeffrey Loria.

Turner’s return

Jacob Turner, who has been out with a strained right shoulder, will return from the disabled list on Saturday and make his first start since April 3 against the Dodgers.

Turner turned in seven sharp innings on Monday in what was his final rehab outing for Single A Jupiter.

Turner made just one start before injuring his shoulder while taking practice swings in the batting cage.

“It all feels normal,” Turner said.

With Turner rejoining the rotation, Kevin Slowey will return to the bullpen. The Marlins will have to move a pitcher on Saturday to make room for Turner.

Coming up

•  Wednesday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 2.87 ERA) vs. Atlanta Braves RHP Aaron Harang (3-1, 0.85), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Thursday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 2.73) vs. Braves RHP Ervin Santana (3-0, 1.95), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

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