Marlins considering four-man rotation through April

Marlins considering four-man rotation through April

ATLANTA -- The Marlins have not yet decided whether they will go with a four-man rotation until early May, something off-days on April 24 and 28 make possible. By the time the stretch ends, Jacob Turner could be ready to return from the disabled list

The four-man rotation would consist of Jose Fernandez, Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez and Tom Koehler. Right-hander Kevin Slowey started on Sunday in Turner's spot. Turner was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain on April 9 (retroactive to April 4).

"We're still working on that," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We haven't decided yet. [Pitching coach Chuck Hernandez] and I started to talk a little bit [Sunday] about exactly what was going to be best for our young pitchers."

Miami recently replaced struggling left-hander Brad Hand -- who made two starts against the Nationals in Turner's spot -- in the rotation with the right-handed Slowey, who gave up two runs in five innings against the Mariners on Sunday.

In two starts this season, Hand gave up eight earned runs on 12 hits, walked three and struck out six in 6 1/3 combined innings. He owns a 6.35 ERA in four outings.

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.