It's not an ideal situation, but competition for the Miami Marlins' center field and rotation likely will go down to the final days of camp.
The starting staff is shaping up to look a lot different than the one penciled in when camp opened last month.
The struggles of right-hander Jacob Turner mean that non-roster invitee Kevin Slowey could win a rotation spot along with left-hander Wade LeBlanc.
When camp opened, Turner had been earmarked for the second or third spot in the rotation, but the Marlins are not convinced the 21-year-old can be effective in a starting role.
Turner allowed four runs in five innings Tuesday, lowing his spring ERA to 10.80. Before that, he struggled in two "B" games and in two Grapefruit League games (16.20 ERA).
"Definitely a concern," manager Mike Redmond said of Turner's progress this spring. "We need a guy in that rotation who can go in there and pound the strike zone and give us innings. We're so young in that starting rotation as it is that we got to make sure that guy gives us the innings that we need."
Right-hander Ricky Nolasco will start the season opener, and he'll be followed in the rotation by right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. If Turner is sent to the minors, the bottom three would include right-hander Henderson Alvarez and possibly Slowey and LeBlanc.
If the Marlins go with a youth-oriented rotation, they also would have to worry about overburdening the bullpen. Nolasco logged 191 innings in 2012, and Alvarez threw 187 1/3 innings for Toronto. After that, Evoaldi threw 119 1/3 innings in 2012 and Turner just 55.
Meanwhile, no one has stepped up to run away with the center field job. Justin Ruggiano was penciled in when camp opened, but he missed two weeks with a sore lower back.
The job will go to either Ruggiano, Chris Coghlan or Gorkys Hernandez. Coghlan was having a solid spring, but he has minor league options left. Hernandez has no options remaining, making it likely that Coghlan could open the season at Triple-A New Orleans.