Spring training at Roger Dean Stadium is a homecoming of sorts for Marlins starter Jacob Turner, who said he credits St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny for helping guide his career.
In 2009, Turner was a senior at Westminster High School in St. Louis and Matheny’s son was a freshman.
“He would come to lot of the practices and come to the games and talk to the guys and try to instill as much knowledge as he could,” Turner said of Matheny, whose team shares the Jupiter complex with the Marlins.
Talking to Matheny “definitely helped me adjust to pro ball,’’ said Turner, who was traded to Miami by the Detroit Tigers last year.
“Everything is different from high school (in) professional baseball and a lot of times it’s a really big jump to do. He really helped me with that knowing what to expect and going about your business.’’
Matheny bought Turner breakfast a couple of times this winter in St. Louis, but they haven’t talked much since arriving in Jupiter.
“He’s a good kid. He goes about it the right way, similar to the guys we have around here,” Matheny said. “But I like competing against him, too. Against Detroit, he gave us a rough go.”
On June 21, Turner allowed a run in five innings in an interleague game against the Cardinals. On Thursday, the Cardinals gave Turner a rough go, scoring six runs in one-third.
Turner’s next start will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday on a back field at Roger Dean Stadium in a “B” game against the New York Mets.
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