Marlins notes: Turner returns to rotation
MIAMI — As the Miami Marlins seek stability with its rotation in the second half, a familiar face will return as the fifth starter.
Manager Mike Redmond announced that right-hander Jacob Turner will start Tuesday in Atlanta against the Braves.
Turner was moved to the bullpen when the organization called up rookies Anthony DeSclafani and Andrew Heaney in mid-June. Miami didn’t need a fifth starter leading up to the All-Star break with an off day in New York.
The 23-year-old began the season in the rotation, making one start before going on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain. He pitched again one month later. Through nine starts, he surrendered five runs or more six times.
Turner is 2-6 with a 6.22 ERA in 17 games. Over 63 2/3 innings, he has allowed 46 runs (44 earned) on 86 hits with just 44 strikeouts. In long relief, Turner was 0-2 with a 5.74 ERA in 15 2/3 frames.
"It’s all consistency, right?" Redmond said. "We’ve seen this guy pitch good games and we need him to step up. We tried to punch different guys in that spot. We’ve talked about it before with (Randy Wolf) and Brad Hand. Having guys step up and fill those spots. It’s a huge opportunity for them.
"Pitching is the key to our success. We’re not going to be able to score five, six runs as much as I’d like to say we can do that. There are going to be nights when we don’t score and we have to pitch. We need those guys to step up and fill those spots in the rotation and give us a chance to win ballgames. That’s where we’re at. Jake is coming out of the bullpen and this is another opportunity for him to show us he can win at the big-league level."
Miami’s rotation, once considered a strength entering the season, ranks third-to-last in the National League with a 4.12 ERA.
Asked whether Turner would be on a short leash, Redmond didn’t say. Like Hand, he is out of options. The organization gave DeSclafani and Heaney five and four starts, respectively, before sending them to Triple-A New Orleans. Wolf made four starts until being designated for assignment.
With the Marlins 7 1/2 games back in the division and the trade deadline approaching, time is running out to flounder.
"I want him to finish out the season," Redmond said. "That’s the plan, right? We want him to go out there and be successful and help us win. You don’t want to be — as a manager — pulling guys in and out of the rotation. You want stability. It’s the key to success. We want to stick with the five guys and let them ride it out. That’s always the goal, but ultimately that’s up to them."
WHAT A TRIP
Slugger Giancarlo Stanton reiterated on Friday that his All-Star experience is slowly sinking in after participating in the Home Run Derby and starting as designated hitter.
Stanton called himself "giddy" — a mix of excited and nervous. He enjoyed sharing the field with the top talent and future of the sport as well as the attention he captured with his 510-foot shot in the Home Run Derby.
"It seems like I almost won the thing with everyone talking about that," Stanton said. "It was cool to see the crowd and everyone pause and stood up and starting to get loud after I hit that. That’s when I really got into it and I was like, ‘Now I’m just a kid in the backyard playing around.’ That’s how it felt."
As to what Stanton can draw from the experience and use for the rest of the season and his career?
"That’s what we strive for," Stanton said. "We want to be there every year. Know what it takes of the caliber players that got there. Nobody was given the opportunity to be there. Everyone earned it with their play and years prior. I say for me continue to work hard, continue to do what I’ve been doing and get every last bit of my talent out."
Miami’s other All-Star, right-hander Henderson Alvarez, will start on Saturday after not pitching during the Midsummer Classic.
NL manager Mike Matheny’s plan for the All-Star Game was to have Alvarez pitch 2-3 innings if it was close and late. If not, he wouldn’t pitch at all.
"We planned on him throwing the second game anyway," Redmond said. "It doesn’t affect him. Had he pitched 2-3 innings we would’ve moved him back one day."
— Second baseman Derek Dietrich will begin swinging a bat soon. He has been on the 15-day DL since July 4 (retroactive July 2) with a right wrist strain.
— Second baseman Rafael Furcal’s status remains the same as he continues with light running. He strained his left hamstring June 22 after playing in just nine games following his return from the 60-day DL.
— The Marlins announced that they reached agreements with 33 of their 42 selections from this year’s draft, including their first 22, prior to Friday’s deadline.
— Redmond, who threw to Stanton in the Home Run Derby, got to return to Minneapolis where he played five seasons as a backup catcher for the Twins.
"It was great to be there," Redmond said. "Twins fans were tremendous and it was a great event to see the city alive. They did a great job. It was fun to be there and be a part of it and get to see some teammates — Justin Morneau and (Joe) Mauer."