It's been exactly one month since Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner made a big league start.
Turner faced the Rockies at home on April 3, throwing six innings while giving up five runs on eight hits. It was a battle, but he was able to get through six, and the Marlins rallied to win.
But the day before his next scheduled start, Turner injured his right shoulder while taking batting practice in the cages at Nationals Park in Washington. He was scratched from his April 8 start, and he went on the disabled list with what was called a shoulder sprain.
The Marlins gave Turner two rehab-assignment starts. His last outing was impressive, as he gave up one run in seven innings and struck out seven.
Getting Turner back stabilizes Miami's rotation.
"It's exciting," Turner said. "The guys have been playing hard and exciting baseball."
Turner, who will turn 23 on May 21, gets the challenge of facing a veteran Los Angeles lineup on Saturday at Marlins Park.
"Obviously, top to bottom they're pretty strong," Turner said. "But just like with any lineup, you have to go out and make your pitches and execute. They probably have a few guys who can do more damage than some other teams. But at the same time, you've got to go out and execute."
Which veteran lineup Turner faces remains to be seen. Manager Don Mattingly, continuing to juggle five outfielders in three positions, generally starts Carl Crawford in left field against opposing right-handers, as he did Friday night against Tom Koehler, but an 0-for-4 dropped Crawford's batting average to .185.
"I felt for a time he was squaring it up as good as anybody but didn't have much to show for it," said Mattingly. "But it's turned out he doesn't seem to be hitting balls on the nose."
Through the first nine games of the season, Crawford was batting .306. He sat out two games because of a sore side muscle and hasn't been the same since, going 4-for-45.
"It goes back to, you are what you eat. If you don't swing at strikes, you're behind in the count," said Mattingly. "Maybe he's pressing to show us he wants more playing time."
Left-hander Paul Maholm gets the start for the Dodgers.
Dodgers: Ellis' rehab prompts more time for Olivo
The Dodgers sent backup catcher Tim Federowicz and his .108 batting average back to the Minor Leagues on Tuesday, in part because primary catcher A.J. Ellis' recovery from left knee surgery has slowed.
Ellis, who had the left knee scoped April 8, began playing catch two days later, and eight days after that, he caught a 50-pitch simulated game by Clayton Kershaw.
That led Ellis to believe he would return to the club well before doctors' estimates for four to six weeks. But then Ellis tried to run, which is how he injured the knee, and he realized why the doctors had set such a conservative timetable. He still can't run without pain.
Now, Ellis said, there is no timetable. He'll return whenever he's ready, which is one of the reasons the Dodgers called up journeyman Miguel Olivo to replace the struggling Federowicz.
Marlins: Furcal starts up rehab assignment
Rafael Furcal is back on rehab assignment with Double-A Jacksonville, and he was in the lineup on Friday night. Furcal opened the season on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. The hamstring is fine, but the veteran strained his right groin last weekend on rehab assignment with Jacksonville.
"The plan is for him to play back-to-back nine-inning games and see how he feels," manager Mike Redmond said. "He will probably take Sunday off. We'll see how he's doing from there. At this point, we're just going day to day with him and see how he feels."
The Marlins don't want to push things with Furcal. But if he holds up the next two days at Jacksonville, he could be close to joining Miami.
"We don't want to jump the gun on him," Redmond said.
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• In their last nine home games, Marlins starting pitchers have a 1.16 ERA.