Mar 19, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jacob Turner (33) throws in the first inning during a spring training game against St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jacob Turner has made his way back to the Major Leagues and will be the starting pitcher for the Miami Marlins On Friday, against the New York Mets.
The Marlins optioned left hander Duane Below to Triple-A New Orleans to accommodate Turner on the Marlins active roster. No other move was necessary, as Turner was already on the Marlins’ 40-man roster.
Turner was expected to start the season as the Marlins number two starter, but after struggling throughout spring training with his control, the Marlins opted to allow Turner to start the season in Triple-A.
For the season, Turner has pitched 56 1/3 innings with the New Orleans Zephyrs, posting a 4.47 ERA and a 4.48 FIP. Turner has struck out 35 and walked 14 hitters in his Triple-A stint, but has allowed 59 hits.
Turner has pitched better of late, going six innings and allowing three runs or fewer in each of his last seven starts. The Marlins hope he can provide a spark in the Marlins rotation and he cannot be a much worse option than Alex Sanabia was.
Below was optioned to Triple-A after a rocky stint with the Marlins. He pitched just 2 2/3 innings for the Fish in 2013, allowing six hits and walking two hitters. With three other lefties in the Marlins bullpen, Below was expandable.