WASHINGTON -- The Marlins have lost a key member of their starting rotation for an undetermined length of time. But they had a replacement close at hand -- no pun intended.
Jacob Turner was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, one day after suffering a shoulder injury while taking his cuts in the batting cage. The Marlins quickly announced after Tuesday's loss that he would miss his start Wednesday against the Nationals and replaced him with Brad Hand, who started the season in the bullpen.
In placing Turner on the DL retroactive to April 4 with a strained right shoulder, the Marlins recalled right-handed reliever Arquimedes Caminero from Triple A New Orleans. Caminero dominated during spring training but failed to land a spot on the Opening Day roster, while Tom Koehler received the nod over Hand for the fifth spot in the rotation with his spring performance.
Now, due to Turner's injury, Hand is back in the rotation while Caminero is in the bullpen. The Marlins had some flexibility with the roster shuffling given that they can use Kevin Slowey in long relief and Hand's loss from the relief unit is not a blow to the bullpen. And the pen is now back to having two lefties as opposed to three with Hand in the mix.