Marlins Pitcher Jose Urena Will Start Against Reds

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 19: Jose Urena #62 of the Miami Marlins pitches against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park on August 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. Jose Urena #62 pitched a complete game as the Marlins won 12-1. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 19: Jose Urena #62 of the Miami Marlins pitches against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park on August 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. Jose Urena #62 pitched a complete game as the Marlins won 12-1. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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Despite dealing with cramps in his last start in his hand, Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena will make his next start against the Cincinnati Reds.

It’s a situation that Miami Marlins officials can breathe a sigh of relief. While pitcher Jose Urena dealt with cramping in his pitching hand in his previous start, it will not prevent him from making his next trip to the mound against the Cincinnati Reds.

"Per MLB.com, “Urena was lifted after five innings in Sunday’s 6-4 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park due to cramping in his right hand.”"

It could have been an injury this team does not need right now with only a handful of games remaining on the 2018 schedule. The Reds are the final team on Miami’s home schedule.

As Joe Frisaro explained, Urena spent Monday playing catch and will have an extra day of rest before he takes the mound. Jeff Brigham will open the series on Wednesday at 7:10 PM tonight.

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Urena has proved to be the team most consistent pitcher over the past month and has shown he can be the workhorse he was last season in leading the Marlins with 14 wins.

As the days countdown to the end of the year, Urena will become arbitration eligible. He could not have picked a better time to show he has not lost his ability to eat innings and win games on the beleaguered team.

"“Jose was good today,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “He came in today, had his regular catch. Everything was just as they thought. His hand was cramped, and he got electrolytes and got a little massage. After that, he was fine.”"

With four straight wins, Urena has brought his record to 7-12 on the season and lowered his ERA to 4.21. He has pitched 162 1/3 innings over 29 starts. Those figures only tell half the story.

"“Since mid-August, Urena has stepped up, posting a 2.16 ERA in his last five starts. In his last seven starts, he’s 4-1 with a 2.79 ERA with 25 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.96 in 38 2/3 innings,” Joe Frisaro wrote. “Over his last 15 starts, Urena is 6-4 with a 3.84 ERA.”"

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The loss of yet another veteran is not something Mattingly needs to deal with. The young arms on his pitching staff have worked more than most teams would ask of inexperienced players. This was all part of the plan that ownership and management had when the team was purchased by Derek Jeter in October of last season.

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