Arquimedes Caminero had 13 strikeouts in 13 innings for the Marlins last season.
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WASHINGTON — With Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner headed to the disabled list, reliever Arquimedes Caminero returned to the ballclub from Triple-A New Orleans.
Caminero learned the news following Tuesday night’s minor-league game and flew into the nation’s capital Wednesday at noon.
The 26-year-old was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA over two appearances with the Zephyrs. He struck out five batters and walked none in four innings, giving up a run on three hits.
"They want to see that I can go multiple innings," said Caminero, whose last outing came two days ago. "They got me throwing a couple innings. I’ll take it. Whatever you want me to pitch I’m going to pitch."
In seven Grapefruit League appearances, Caminero (1-0, 2.00 ERA) allowed just two runs on three hits with one walk and nine strikeouts in nine innings. As a September 2013 call-up, he posted a 0-0 record and 2.77 ERA with 13 strikeouts and three walks over 13 innings.
Manager Mike Redmond called sending Caminero down one of the toughest decisions he had to make during spring training.
Redmond told the righty to go to New Orleans and pitch the way he had been. Injuries happen in baseball, and "you never know what’s going to happen."
"Always nice to have a right-hander there that can throw hard for multiple innings," Redmond said. "I think that was the same role we tried to use him in last year. He’s a young guy still learning his way through the big leagues, but we like his stuff and his command of the strike zone. We hope he can continue to do that."
Until further news comes in concerning Turner, left-hander Brad Hand’s appearance on Wednesday will be considered a spot start.
Hand has tossed two scoreless outings out of the bullpen this season. He has allowed one hit with three walks and three strikeouts over five innings.
During spring training, he went 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in six games (five starts). He was part of the combined no-hitter March 10 in Panama against the Yankees. His longest outing lasted five innings.
"He was stretched out pretty good in spring training," Redmond said. "I think the good thing is the times we’ve used him we’ve been able to throw him multiple innings and really keep him throwing some pitches."
The 24-year-old is 1-10 with a 4.88 ERA over 15 big-league starts, the last of which came Sept. 25, 2013, against the Phillies. He allowed two runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings for a no-decision.
Both he and veteran Kevin Slowey are options while Turner recovers. The pair missed out on the fifth spot in the rotation to righty Tom Koehler. Slowey is also available to pitch on Wednesday.
There is no pitch limit for Hand, but the coaching staff will monitor him.
"He’s thrown really well, so hopefully look for him to build off of that," Redmond said. "It’s a great opportunity for him to go out and get a start and see what he can do."
A costly two-out error by second baseman Jeff Baker in the sixth inning quickly broke open a one-run game Tuesday night in a 5-0 loss to the Nationals.
On a wild pitch by right-hander Henderson Alvarez, Adam LaRoche bolted for second. Baker was unable to hold onto the throw from catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia that beat LaRoche to the bag.
Entering Wednesday’s game, the Marlins ranked 28th of 30 teams in fielding percentage (.974) with eight errors. They have committed at least one miscue in their past three games and five of eight overall.
"It’s still early and those are some of the things we’re working out," Redmond said. "You still have some nerves and guys early on you’ll see some stuff that’s atypical of your ballclub. But I know that throughout the course of the year those things will take care of themselves. We understand and everyone out there understands that we need to play great defense and we’ve got to pitch. We know that the offense — we’ll be able to grind it out."
Last season, Miami finished 14th with a .986 fielding percentage.
"We have the best infield guy (Perry Hill) (he) in baseball and takes a lot of pride in that, and these guys work their butts off on defense and understand the importance," Redmond said. "We’ve made it known how important it is. You make mistakes in this game, it happens. Ultimately we realize we have to play complete games to win ballgames, especially in games like this."