Marlins manager Mike Redmond didn’t have an optimistic tone today when he was asked abotu the struggles of starting pitcher Jacob Turner.
“Definitely a concern,” Redmond said before today’s game against the Yankees.
The Marlins had the day off Thursday but Redmond watched Turner pitch in a minor league game in Jupiter against the St. Louis Cardinals’ Class AAA team. Redmond said Turner walked three batters and gave up a couple of runs in three innings.
Not including that game, Turner has not been sharp in two Grapefruit League starts, both against the Cardinals: In 3 1/3 total innings, he alled allowed six earned runs and walked four. He also hit a batter and struck out two. His ERA: 16.20
“I’m concerned about him,” Redmond said.
“He still has a couple of more outings so hopefully he can get it going. He just struggled. Mostly command problems.”
Turner will start Tuesday against the Cardinals — yes, a third start against St. Louis.
He came into camp as a possible two or three starter in the rotation. If he continues to struggle, there’s always a chance he could lose his spot, especially if John Maine and Kevin Slowey can pitch well over the final two weeks of camp.
“His (previous) outing was much better but this one (yesterday) he seemed like he scuffled,” Redmond said.
“He had trouble with his command. Again. I mean, it’s definitely a concern. Hopefully he can get it going over his next couple of starts,” Redmond said.
“We need a guy in that rotation who can go in there and pound the strike zone and give us innings. We’re so young in that starting rotation as is that we got to make sure that guy gives us the innings that we need.
“We are young there and we’re going to have some times when guys will struggle through lineups. That happens with every team but that’s one of the concerns. We got to make sure our guys are pounding he strike zone and they can get as deep into games as they possibly can.
“For me watching, it’s more of command. Did he have command of his fastball? Did he have command of his breaking pitches? He had three walks. Definitely a concern. It looked like it was struggle.” …
On Saturday, the Marlins play the Mets in Port St. Lucie. Third baseman Placido Polanco (oblique) and infielder Greg Dobbs (calf strain) are scheduled to play.
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