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Hand earns another start while Turner is out

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WASHINGTON -- Brad Hand didn't log as many innings as he would have liked on Wednesday night, but the left-hander did enough to show the Marlins he is deserving of at least another start.

The Marlins plan on keeping Hand in the rotation now that Jacob Turner is on the disabled list.

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WASHINGTON -- Brad Hand didn't log as many innings as he would have liked on Wednesday night, but the left-hander did enough to show the Marlins he is deserving of at least another start.

The Marlins plan on keeping Hand in the rotation now that Jacob Turner is on the disabled list.

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An MRI exam confirmed Turner has a strained right shoulder, and there is no timetable for his return.

Hand started in place of Turner on Wednesday night, and he was notified of the start the previous afternoon. Turner injured his shoulder while hitting in the batting cage.

A career starter in the Minor Leagues, Hand made the Opening Day roster as a long reliever/spot starter.

In Miami's 10-7 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday, Hand gave up three runs in 3 1/3 innings.

"I thought he did fine," manager Mike Redmond said. "He gave us everything he had for four innings, facing a great lineup. We knew going in we were hoping for five or six innings."

Hand threw 85 pitches and was lifted after surrendering a three-run homer to Bryce Harper.

Miami kept two long relievers on their Opening Day roster, and it turns out they need both. Kevin Slowey is a right-handed long relief option.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Miami Marlins, Brad Hand