ATLANTA -- It's still not official yet, but it looks like the Marlins will call on 22-year old left-hander Brad Hand -- and not newly acquired Jacob Turner -- from Triple A New Orleans to pitch one of the games in Friday's double-header against the Nationals.
Turner, the main piece acquired from the Tigers a little more than a week ago in the Anibal Sanchez-Omar Infante trade, pitched five innings last Saturday in a victory for the Zephyrs, giving up just two hits and one earned run with three walks and two strikeouts.
The Marlins are expected to call the 6-5, 210-pounder right-hander up at some point, but apparently not this quickly. He was 1-1 with 8.03 ERA in three big league starts for the Tigers.
Hand, who went 1-8 with a 4.20 ERA in 11 starts for the Marlins last season, is 8-5 with 3.66 ERA this season in New Orleans with 116 strikeouts and 54 walks.
> Giancarlo Stanton, coming off arthroscopic knee surgery, is expected to play in his first rehab game for the Jupiter Hammerheads Thursday in Brevard County.
"Hopefully he'll be ready to play in New York [next Tuesday]," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "That's what he's shooting for."
> Guillen said newly acquired outfielder Gorkys Hernandez will likely be in the Marlins starting lineup Thursday when they face left-hander Mike Minor. "After tomorrow, I'll have a better idea or what role he's going to be for the rest of the season," Guillen said.
> Newly acquired third baseman Zack Cox, obtained from the Cardinals as part of the Edward Mujica trade on Tuesday, is being kept on the seven-day disabled list at Double A Jacksonville with a mild hamstring strain. He was injured and first placed on the disabled list July 22.
Cox struggled early in the season for Triple A Memphis, batting .195 in April and .221 in May, but he rebounded for a .377 average in June and .258 average in July.