MIAMI — Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner felt so good following his rehab start on Monday that his actions helped the case for his return to the rotation Saturday night against the Dodgers.
"Came into my office and declared himself ready to go, which I thought was funny," manager Mike Redmond said. "He said he shaved off his DL beard and he was ready to go. Nobody likes to see a guy get banged up, but at least it wasn’t a real long-term deal and he was able to stay in relatively good throwing shape."
Turner, who sustained a right shoulder sprain after taking a swing during batting practice, landed on the disabled list April 9 (retroactive April 4) in Washington.
In two rehab starts with Single-A Jupiter, he went 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA. Turner allowed three runs on seven hits in 11 innings, striking out 10 and walking one.
On Monday, the 22-year-old pitched seven frames, giving up one run on four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in a 4-1 victory. Turner threw between 75-80 pitches. His lone blemish was a solo homer to first baseman David Washington.
"It all feels normal," Turner said. "I don’t know if I approached it any differently, but it makes it easier to throw. You don’t have any hesitation because I didn’t hurt it throwing. That probably helped me."
Prior to his injury, Turner surrendered five runs on eight hits over six innings for a no decision in his 2014 debut against the Rockies. He planned on bunting and hitting off a tee for the first time Tuesday.
Kevin Slowey, who has started the past two games in Turner’s place, returns to the bullpen and will be available to pitch Tuesday against the Braves.
Tom Koehler’s start was pushed up to Friday, which falls on his usual schedule because of Monday’s off day.
UPDATE ON FURCAL
Rafael Furcal, who sustained a setback over the weekend while playing for Double-A Jacksonville, took grounders during batting practice at Marlins Park.
Miami returned Furcal from his rehab assignment, which means it will be at least a week before he can get into a game again.
The 36-year-old is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, but he exited Friday night’s game with a strained right groin.
"We’ve got to get him healthy, that’s the thing," general manager Dan Jennings said. "He’s back there now getting the groin checked out to see how much time he’s going to need. He’ll probably go on a rehab again and test it.
"Maybe it’s a couple days, maybe it’s a week. That’ll be on him as to where he is at this point. We signed him to be our second baseman, so we need him back. We want him back, but we’ve got to have him healthy."
CHANGES IN THE ORDER
All it took was a combination of roster moves and a probable pitcher’s duel for Redmond to tinker with his lineup.
Redmond inserted Ed Lucas, who was reinstated from the disabled list Tuesday, at second base and second in the order.
Marcell Ozuna, the club’s second batter for most of the season, moved down to sixth. He went hitless in four at-bats against Braves lefty Alex Wood a week ago.
Jeff Baker replaced left-handed hitter Garrett Jones at first base. Jones failed to collect a hit in three at-bats against Wood and is batting .160 against left-handers this season.
The only lefty in the lineup was Christian Yelich in the leadoff spot.
"Worked out perfect tonight against a lefty to get him in the lineup and get him some at-bats — with Baker too," Redmond said. "Try to get those guys going. The key for us is to get guys on base for the middle of the order so those guys can do some damage. Hopefully tonight we’re able to do that."
RIDE OF FAME
Jeff Conine became the first inductee of the Ride of Fame’s Miami outlet Tuesday.
Ride of Fame, a continuing series of mobile monuments dedicated to public figures highlighting major cities with their lifetime and/or specific celebrated endeavors, began in New York City.
Conine was honored with a permanent decal to the front of the double-decker bus as well as a seat on the top deck, which features a personalized message to fans.