The Miami Marlins designated right-hander Jacob Turner for assignment prior to Tuesday’s series opener in Pittsburgh while recalling lefty Brian Flynn from Triple-A New Orleans.
Turner, who was out of options, may have seen his last action in a Marlins uniform Sunday afternoon. He gave up five runs on nine hits over four innings in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
The 23-year-old was 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA in 20 games (12 starts) this season. Over parts of four big-league seasons with the Detroit Tigers and Marlins, he went 9-21 with a 4.77 ERA.
Turner made one start this year before landing on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain. When he returned, Turner tossed eight more starts before going to the bullpen as a long reliever because of his struggles. After reshuffling the rotation, Turner started back-to-back outings in Atlanta and Houston, winning consecutive appearances for the first time in his career.
After a poor spring training in 2013, Turner began the year in the minors. When he was called back up in May, he posted a 3-8 record with 3.74 ERA in 20 starts, ending on a seven-game losing streak.
Turner can now be claimed by another club. If he passes through waivers, he may be outrighted to New Orleans.
Flynn, 24, gave up two runs on four hits in three innings of relief in one outing for the Marlins this year. As a September call-up in 2013, he started four games, going 0-2 with an 8.50 ERA in 18 innings.
Flynn went 7-8 with a 4.00 ERA in 21 starts with the Zephyrs this season. Over 117 frames, he struck out 80 batters and walked 40. In his minor-league career, Flynn is 32-27 with a 3.45 ERA.
Both Turner and Flynn, as well as minor-league catcher Rob Brantly, were part of the Anibal Sanchez-Omar Infante trade of 2012.