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Miami's strong rotation takes hit

4/9/2014

According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Miami Marlins pitcher Jacob Turner has been scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals with a strained right shoulder. Brad Hand will get start in his place.

The silver lining for the Marlins here may be that Turner's injury did not come from throwing the ball, but rather, was suffered during batting practice. "He's going to be evaluated (Wednesday), and we'll go from there," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "It's just something that just cropped up today. The pitchers hit in a cage."

While no team is happy when a pitcher gets hurt, of the five members of the Miami rotation, Turner would probably be the most expendable. As James Wagner of the Washington Post points out, "In an age of baseball where nearly every pitcher throws, at least, in the mid-90s, the Marlins are loaded with fireballers. Jose Fernandez is averaging 95.3 mph on his fastball, Nathan Eovaldi is averaging 95.8 mph, Henderson Alvarez is throwing 93-mph fastballs, fifth starter Tom Koehler is averaging 92.6 mph... Turner throws only 90.9 mph fastballs."

Hand is unlikely to pitch more than five innings, at most, due to his having been used in relief thus far this season. Expect Kevin Slowey to get the call from the bullpen in the middle innings if Hand's pitch count builds too quickly. If Turner does need a trip to the disabled list, his spot in the rotation might end up with the pitcher who performs better against the Nationals.