Slowey to rotation, Hand to bullpen
MIAMI — The Marlins are making a rotation change without making a roster move.
Kevin Slowey will start on Sunday against the Mariners at Marlins Park, and Brad Hand will return to the bullpen.
Hand had made two starts in place of Jacob Turner, who is on the DL with a right shoulder sprain.
Chances are, Slowey will be making just one start. But that could change.
The Marlins rotation next week at Atlanta will be: Tom Koehler (Monday), Jose Fernandez (Tuesday) and Nathan Eovaldi (Wednesday).
Because of off days, Miami is considering going with a four-man rotation, with the four staying remaining on a five-day cycle. They wouldn’t need a fifth starter until early May, either over the weekend against the Dodgers or the Mets.
Turner, meanwhile, threw off flat ground again on Wednesday. and he is expected to throw off the mound on Friday. Before Turner is cleared to come off the DL, he will make at least one rehab assignment start.
Rafael Furcal (left hamstring strain) continues his rehab assignment at Class A Jupiter. He will be given Thursday off, play Friday and Saturday and be off again on Sunday. There is a chance he will go to Double-A Jacksonville next week.
– Joe Frisaro