MIAMI -- Jacob Turner struggled in his first start off the 15-day disabled list for a shoulder strain suffered in batting practice on April 9, allowing six earned runs on nine hits in four innings in Saturday's 9-7 loss to the Dodgers.
Turner has a chance to bounce back against the Padres on Thursday night as the Marlins begin their 11-game West Coast road trip.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia didn't catch Turner in that first outing, but he is confident the 22-year-old right-hander can turn it around.
"He needs some innings," Saltalamacchia said. "Right now, he's behind the eight ball [compared to] the other guys because they've had a few more starts than him, so they're back in the routine."
Turner's battery mate won't gauge his success based on the end results, more so how he battles against opposing hitters one at-bat at a time.
"We can't [say], 'Hey, we've got to get seven innings, [allow a certain number of] runs, this and that,'" Saltalamacchia said. "We've got to look at hitter-by-hitter, what we have to do to get that guy out and keep our team in the ballgame."
David Furones is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.