The Miami Marlins will not be sending Jacob Turner up against the Washington Nationals tonight as previously expected. Turner was scratched from tonight's game with some shoulder discomfort following a batting practice session. He was swinging in the cages and suffered what is being called a "right shoulder strain."
"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."
He will likely see the team physician today, though no word yet on whether Turner will receive imaging done as well. The injury occurred while swinging a bat rather than throwing.
In his place in tonight's game will be Brad Hand, who will make his first start for Miami since September of last season, when he was brought up as a late-season call-up and injury replacement. Hand finally made the main roster after spending two seasons struggling in the minors following his initial debut in 2011. His strong Spring Training line in 2014, combined with the fact that he is out of options and would have to be put on waivers to be demoted, convinced Miami to keep him as a third lefty out of the bullpen. Prior to tonight's start, he had only thrown five innings in two appearances all season, walking three and striking out three hitters.
There is no guarantee that this injury for Turner will put him on the disabled list, but Miami has not ruled that out. If the Fish have to place him on the disabled list, the Fish have more than a few options to replace him on the roster. If Hand or Kevin Slowey will take the rotation spot, the team could look to relief options like Arquimedes Caminero or Carter Capps, both of whom were late Spring Training cuts who remain on the 40-man roster. If the plan is to bring up a starter, previously expected fifth starter Brian Flynn remains available.
An injury to Turner's shoulder has a large range of potential outcomes, so it is something to keep an eye on going forward. Stay tuned right here to Fish Stripes for all the latest details.