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Turner on his way to New Orleans, six other roster moves at camp

JUPITER -- Right-hander Jacob Turner has his career in his own hands, and he'll be working on fixing his mechanics with Triple A New Orleans.

"No matter where you're pitching, you just want to do well. At this point, I wasn't able to show what I am as a pitcher," he said before Tuesday's warm up. "It's not going to stop me from going down there and working on getting better and getting back up here as soon as I can."

Turner labored through 13 innings with the Marlins in the Grapefruit League. He was given four starts, but couldn't get things right.

"I had my chances, I can't blame them for that," he said. "It's just something that I didn't throw the ball as well as I would have liked to and that's disappointing."

Turner's record was 0-3 in the spring, with a 9.69 ERA. He walked nine and struck out five.

"We've laid it out and made it very clear that we see him in our plans pitching in this rotation," manager Mike Redmond said. "But he's got to go down [to New Orleans] and pound the strke zone and work on his command. When he does that, he'll be back." 

Redmond wants to see Turner stay consistent -- a theme that has been present throughout the spring.

The most frustrating part for the 21-year-old is that he feels he's close to fixing his mechanics.

"Throwing strikes has always been something that's been a big strength for me," he said. "So, just get back to doing that [in New Orleans] and pounding the strike zone."

Redmond announced his rotation after the team's morning warm up, noting that Turner's fate was a tough one. As expected, the Marlins will go with Ricky Nolasco, Nathan Eovaldi, Wade LeBlanc, Henderson Alvarez, and Kevin Slowey.

"This spring's been a mixed bag. We've had some good starts and we've had some struggles out there," Redmond said of his starters. "We're hoping that when those lights go on, these guys really turn it up and we're able to get deeper into games."

Tuesday morning brought six additional roster moves. LHP Dan Jennings joins Turner in Triple A, while INF's Nick Green, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Matt Downs, OF Jordan Brown and LHP Zach Phillips have been reassigned to minor league camp.

With Jennings and Phillips out of Major League camp, the only remaining left-handed pitcher for the bullpen is Mike Dunn

Marlins fans will get a glimpse of the future Miami traded the Blue Jays for when Justin Nicolino pitches in Thursday's Grapefruit League game

Starting lineups:

Marlins - 7 Pierre, 5 Polanco, 9 Stanton, 3 Dobbs, 8 Ruggiano, 2 Brantly, 4 Valaika, 6 Hechavarria, 1 Alvarez 

Nationals - 8 Span, 9 Werth, 7 Harper, 5 Zimmerman, 3 LaRoche, 6 Desmond, 4 Espinosa, 2 Suzuki, 1 Haren

UPDATES: Redmond confirmed post-game that Austin Kearns, Chad Qualls and Casey Kotchman will all be on Opening Day roster, as per Article XX(B) noon deadline for a decision. The Marlins had to decide if the players would be added to the 25-man roster or ML disabled list, grant the player outright release from their minor league contract, or pay them a $100,000 retention bonus to hold them before sending them to the minors.

--Steph Rogers (twitter)

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Seth

It's good to get this done now. He will be back and better than ever. Can't wait for Opening Day!

rfdtd@aol.com

I watched the game yesterday: this is a very sad situation. The team is a combination of some prospects, the old, the very old and the untalented. Except that is for Stanton.

Sticking Stanton in the middle of this mess is truly bizarre. It is tantamount to having him hitting with one hand.

There are no "hitter's" around him which makes for an incredibly bad position to put him in. One that could lead to frustration and bad habits.

Loria is responsible for this mess along with Baseball. He has no value to baseball
and absolutely none to Miami.

He doesn't have the means nor the sense to own this team. Watching what is about to happen to Stanton as a by product is inexcusable.

Sunny Dee

What is the starting rotation now? Nolasco, Eovaldi, LeBlanc, and then who? If you don't have the bats, you need pitchers. The Marlins have neither. Get ready for 100 losses.

Elton John

It's sad...so sad...It's a sad sad situation..and it's getting more and more absurd

Sunny Dee

What's the OVER/UNDER on number of fans for opening night? They've got an "All You Can Eat" special. I'm guessing 10,000 people with show up for that.

Eddie S

KEVIN KOUZMANOFF BATTED 345 HIT 3 HRS BATTED IN 8 RUNS AND WAS SENT DOWN. AREN'T THE MARLINS LOOKING FOR PLAYERS WITH POWER? HOW COME KEARNS WHO IS BATTING UNDER 100 IS STILL WITH THE CLUB? POLANCO IS AN EXCELLENT 3RD BASEMAN AND HITS WELL BUT HE'S 37 AND INJURY PRONE. WHY NOT KEEP KOUZMANOFF ASA BACK UP 3RD BASEMAN, 1STBASEMAN AND PINCH HITTER OFF THE BENCH . BATTING 345 AND BEING SENT DOWN MAKES NO SENSE

Eddie S

ADD RYAN WEBB TO THE LIST OF MARLINS THAT SHOULD BE SENT DOWN. AN ERA OF 7.88 THAT TRANSLATE INTO 8 RUNS IN 7 INNINGS. PLEASE SEND HIM DOWN. LET'S ACT LIKE THE 2012 OAKLAND A'S .17 ROOKIES LAST YEAR AND SEE FANTASTIC THEY PERFORMED .

Oscar Greenberg

This should be fun. The Nats are going with their "A" game today.

Sunny Dee

Eddie S. - This team cares more about pinching pennies than winning. I'm guessing they sent Kouzmanoff down because they would have had to pay him. Why did they send Yelich down? He was also having a great spring.

Stan M

Eddie, I agree with you in each of your posts. Kearns over Kouzmanoff makes no sense from a baseball standpoint. I would prefer that this team drop anyone who won't be around beyond 2013...except Pierre and Polanco, of course. For instance, I like Valaika over any of those 30++ hasbeens. I've always rooted for Coghlan and hope he hangs around as well.

Where are all of the "old time" posters. Lou, Laurel Bowie, Flags, Samson's Boyfriend and Marlin Fan are just three who come to mind.

Carlos Fernandez Blanco

...Marlins " die-hards ", " we're good ", " Leave-it-to-Beaver! ".

Flav C.

Leaving Kearns in this roster is entirely on Redmond. He admitted liking having a "quality at-bat" on Kearns...Guess I am missing something since Kearns cannot, simply cannot hit past the infield.

Samsons Boyfriend

Stan M , Am alive and well ,thanks for asking.Good to hear from you and that you are doing well. Will correspond soon...looking forward to the 13' season.

Stan M

Something is wrong with that story about the 2 season ticket holders. It is claimed that they refuse to pay $25,000 for another year. If you divide 25,000 by 81 home games, then by 2, the answer come out to about $154.00 per game for each seat. That seems awfully high for that seat placement. My guess is that the $25,000 is for two years in those 2 seats at about $75.00 per seat. The club obviously is in the right here, but, as usual, have handled the situation terribly. Could those seats actually cost $154.00 per game. I'd be interested in others opinions.

Regarding Turner being sent down and some already criticizing him as another Andrew Miller. I say, "For shame Jacob Turner, here you are all of 21 years old and you can't get major league hitters out consistently. That is awful, as everyone knows that nearly all 21 year old pitchers are already accomplished winners, and you are a major exception." Well, maybe not. Let's see what he's like in a year or two. Incidently, Andrew Miller has found a nitch in Boston and is exactly the kind of left handed reliever that we currently lack.

Stan M

Here is a suggestion for the Marlin FO. Once Marisnek and Ozuma are healthy, the team should televise the AA games instead of the major league team. At least it would be more interesting to watch that team that with another year of seasoning could probably beat the team being currently fielded in Miami. Hell, they might beat them now!

Marlin Fan

Stan M , hope all is well . I'll be back once the season starts . Has anyone heard about thR construction workers who are owed somethin like 63k in back pay , due to " accounting problems " . The whole organization stinks . Please put Stanton out of his misery soon . I'm tired of all the penny pinching at the expense of the team and fans .

Stan M

Marlin Fan,
Good to hear from you, too. To the best of my knowledge, the back pay has to do with site contractors and not the ballclub at all...this time!!!

Carlos Fernandez Blanco

...On the lees of J. Turner, we're not as self-assured as other baseball enthusiasts. Twenty-one years are plenty of practice of playing baseball to not attribute gaps to inexperience. We're looking for a reason for an unsatisfactory performance. We're only fanatics, and as fanatics we ask ourselves whether having been on a staff with Johnson,
Buehrle, and Zambrano, could have propelled the Detroit extract to act with unexpected maturity.

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