Before a pitch was even thrown on Monday night, the Marlins received a crushing blow when it was revealed that Jose Fernandez was headed to the disabled list with a sprained right elbow. The team awaits to see if the 21-year-old will require surgery.
In the meanwhile, the rest of the rotation will be asked to do its part in picking up the slack.
On Tuesday night it's Jacob Turner's turn. The 22-year-old right-hander will be making his fourth start of the season, and his first at Dodger Stadium, against Los Angeles hurler Josh Beckett.
"It should be a great atmosphere," Turner said.
Collectively, the rotation will have to step up.
"There is no doubt what Jose brings to the table," Turner said. "I think the biggest key for us is to continue doing what we're doing. Nobody needs to do too much. Just do what we can, and fill the role that we're in. I think the biggest thing is to go as deep into games as we can, and save the bullpen."
Beckett credits catcher A.J. Ellis with his early success this season. Ellis -- currently on the DL after undergoing surgery on his left knee -- convinced Beckett to use his breaking ball more, and the results are indisputable.
Coming off his own surgery, to address thoracic outlet syndrome, Beckett has a 2.80 ERA as the Dodgers' fourth starter. For a variety of reasons, however, Beckett is not only winless in 2014, he's winless over his past 14 starts.
The former Marlin drew a loss in Miami on May 2 after allowing four runs in 6 2/3 innings. He is coming off a no-decision against the Giants in which he allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings.
"He kept a good-hitting ballclub at bay," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after that outing against San Francisco. "It's disappointing we can't get him a win. He's pitched well pretty much every time out. He can only do so much."
Dodgers: Club not worried about slow start
With his team underperforming, Mattingly was asked if he's concerned, even though the season isn't yet at the quarter mark.
"I don't mind saying that it's only May 12 and there's plenty of time, but at the same time, I don't want to sit back and say we're willing to let things go," he said. "I was reading what Clayton [Kershaw] said, that we have to play with a sense of urgency.
"I understand there's plenty of time, but the thought process should be that we have to come prepared to play tonight and play our best baseball, and if we get beat, we do it again tomorrow. We need to think that we're going to win every night. As a manager, all I really want is for our guys to play up their potential and [know] that your team is doing the best they can. When the club is not playing to its potential, that's a concern."
Marlins: Wednesday starter up in the air
Now what? Miami had initially lined up Fernandez to face Los Angeles in the series finale. Now that their ace is out of action, the Marlins are weighing all options regarding who will take the hill instead.
One thing the Marlins know for sure is that it won't be Andrew Heaney, the prized lefty prospect at Double-A Jacksonville. Heaney may join the rotation in a few weeks, but he pitched seven innings on Sunday, so he isn't available, even if the club was leaning his way.
Anthony DeSclafani, also at Jacksonville, is another possibility, and lefty Brian Flynn, currently at Triple-A New Orleans, has pitched in the big leagues.
Options on the Major League roster are long relievers Brad Hand and Kevin Slowey, both of whom have made starts this season.
The question about Heaney and DeSclafani is whether they're ready for the bigs. Both are promising, with plenty of upside, but neither has totally dominated Double-A to the point where it is a no-brainer to call them up.
• Christian Yelich, who grew up in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and attended a number of Dodgers games as a kid, belted a home run in his second at-bat at Dodger Stadium. He has also homered in back-to-back games.
• Giancarlo Stanton's RBI single in the third inning of Monday's game extended his career-long hitting streak to 14 games.