WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking part in batting practice is simply a part of an NL pitcher's routine. In the case of Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner, it will cost him a game.
Turner strained his pitching shoulder while brushing up on his hitting before Miami's 5-0 loss to Washington on Tuesday night, and he'll have to skip his scheduled start Wednesday against the Nationals.
"He's going to be evaluated tomorrow and we'll go from there," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said after Tuesday's game. "It's just something that cropped up today."
Turner will be replaced in the second game of the series by left-hander Brad Hand, who has been in the bullpen. Hand has allowed one hit in five scoreless innings over a pair of relief appearances in 2014. He is 2-10 with a 4.23 ERA since his major league debut in 2011, with 15 starts among his 22 career appearances.
So all in all, Tuesday was not the greatest day for the Marlins, who had been off to an NL-best 5-2 start, a year removed from 100 losses.
They were limited to three singles by Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez during his six innings. Gonzalez allowed one baserunner to get as far as second, and struck out five hitters. He retired his last 10 batters and is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA.
Adam LaRoche had three hits and drove in a run off Henderson Alvarez (0-2). Anthony Rendon went 2 for 4 with three RBIs as Washington improved to 5-2.
Miami entered averaging a majors-best six runs a game, but they couldn't solve Gonzalez or four relievers.
"These guys have some good pitchers, but we got to find a way to score some runs," Redmond said. "We had a couple opportunities. We just didn't get a big hit. But I've said that a lot over the last couple years, too."
Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton went 1 for 4 with a single; it was his first game in 2014 without an RBI. Miami put runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh against Drew Storen, but pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs flied out.
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