Before Turner could reacquaint himself with the right-field bleacher fans, the Marlins amended the assignment. Henderson Alvarez requiring a 15-day stretch on the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation means Turner, for the time being, will remain among the starting five. He'll pitch Sunday afternoon's series finale against the Reds and is guaranteed at least one more start after that.
"Jake's a pro," Redmond said. "He's handled this situation great. It's the same as it was before. His job is to take advantage of starts that he gets and put pressure on us to get him more starts. He understands that. We want him to go out there and keep building off the momentum he's had."
Though Turner did not complete six innings in either of his last two outings, he earned wins in both for the first set of back-to-back victories in his career. On July 22 — his first start since a lengthy stretch in the bullpen — Turner was on a pitch count. He went five innings and held the Braves to two runs on four hits. He followed that up with a 5 2/3-inning, one-run, six-hit effort at Houston.
"It's probably one of the tougher things to do being in that situation in the pen as a long guy," Turner said. "You could throw two out of three days or not throw for six to eight days. … I've got confidence in myself and I think that's the most important thing for any player. I've been feeling good out there for a little while now so that's a positive."
How long Turner remains in the rotation may hinge on Alvarez's healing ability. Saturday, Alvarez said his current discomfort is not similar to what he felt last spring training. He opened the season on the disabled list with what was characterized as shoulder inflammation and did not make his first start until July 4.
Alvarez said he pitched through pain during his July 24 outing in Atlanta. He hoped it would subside with treatment before facing the Nationals earlier this week, but the shoulder still bothered him even though he tossed seven shutout innings.
"I decided to stop to avoid something worse," Alvarez said. "I'm feeling better. … I'm sad I have to go a stretch without pitching, but at the same time it's good to avoid a bigger issue. I'll keep working to reduce the inflammation and get back soon."
Best case, Alvarez can come off the disabled list Aug. 14, the start of a four-game set at Marlins Park against the Diamondbacks. Alvarez, who will resume playing catch late next week, said he hopes to pitch in that series.
"It doesn't appear to be a long-term thing," Redmond said. "It's just a matter of him getting back to feeling good and feeling healthy, and getting back to playing catch and throwing again."…
Sidelined reliever Kevin Gregg went through a throwing progressing this week and tossed 15 pitches off the mound Friday. It was his first time on the bump since elbow inflammation landed him on the disabled list following a July 13 appearance at Citi Field, but he was not altogether pleased with the session.