4/15/2014 6:59 P.M. ET
Turner throws on flat ground, status up in air
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
MIAMI -- For the first time since being scratched from the rotation with a right shoulder sprain, Jacob Turner threw a baseball.
Turner, on the disabled list since April 9, played some light catch before the Marlins faced the Nationals on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.
The right-hander pinched something in the back of his shoulder while taking swings in the batting cage at Nationals Park on April 8. He was scheduled to start the next day, but was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 4.
"It's definitely gotten better over the last couple of days," Turner said. "I've been able to do everything pain free the last three days."
The 22-year-old right-hander is on the disabled list for the first time in his career.
"It was kind of a freak thing," Turner said. "I took a swing. I just felt something. It's in the back of the shoulder."
An MRI confirmed a shoulder sprain.
"It feels like it's getting better," Turner said. "That's the biggest thing. It didn't look like it was anything too serious."
Turner threw with no discomfort from 60 feet on Tuesday, and he will throw off flat ground again on Wednesday. If he keeps progressing, he could be throwing off the mound by the weekend.
Before he is ready to return to the rotation, Turner will make at least one rehab assignment start.
Brad Hand made two starts in Turner's absence. The lefty struggled Monday night, giving up four runs in three innings in Monday's 9-2 loss to the Nationals.
Yelich relieved to avoid collision with Stanton
MIAMI -- At 6-foot-6, 240-pounds, Giancarlo Stanton is an imposing figure who is difficult to miss in the outfield. Christian Yelich is certainly glad he was able to stay clear of his teammate on a fly ball to the gap in right-center at Marlins Park on Monday night.
Yelich, playing center, was tracking Jayson Werth's long drive in the second inning of Washington's 9-2 win over Miami.
As Yelich was zeroing in on the ball, at the last second, he noticed Stanton charging and reaching.
On a collision course with one of the strongest players in the game, Yelich veered out of the way as Stanton made a terrific reaching catch to rob Werth of extra bases.
"Obviously, that's never fun," Yelich said. "You never want to run into that guy. It's not going to end well for me. It will probably always end well for him. I was calling it, and he was calling it."
Yelich, a lanky 22-year-old, is listed at 6-4, 200 pounds.
Able to joke about it the next day, Yelich said of Stanton: "You can definitely tell he is coming. It sounds like a horse. I think I got lucky."
The Marlins had some fun with the near miss.
"We probably would have been wearing a 'CY' patch tonight," Yelich said. "That's what he told me after the game."
The issue of communicating in the outfield is something teams take seriously.
"You're always nervous when you've got two guys out there going full speed," manager Mike Redmond said. "That would not be a pretty collision there, probably more so for Yeli than Stanton there. I guess you always get a little nervous. Those are always the things you worry about, the communication in the outfield. Those things do happen. Fortunately, it didn't happen."
Yelich hasn't played much center field in the big leagues. He normally is in left field. But with Marcell Ozuna getting the night off due to a bruised left foot, Yelich got the call.
"When you're both running, it's hard to hear each other call," Yelich said. "We were both calling for it at the same time. I heard him at the last minute. I kind of saw out of the side that he wasn't stopping, so I kind of peeled off -- self preservation. Otherwise, I probably would be out there still."
• The Marlins are not likely to make a roster move to add a pitcher in the next couple of days. They will decide on a starter for Sunday against the Mariners. It could be Kevin Slowey, with Hand moving to the bullpen.
•Marcell Ozuna returned to the starting lineup after resting a sore left foot on Monday. Ozuna fouled a pitch off his foot on Sunday in Philadelphia.