Marlins officially reinstate Fernandez, option Urena to Triple-A
MIAMI -- With ace Jose Fernandez reinstated from the disabled list to start Thursday's series finale against the San Francisco Giants, the Miami Marlins optioned rookie Jose Urena to Triple-A New Orleans.
During his second stint with the ballclub from May 26-June 28, Urena went 1-4 with a 3.66 ERA in seven starts. At one point, he recorded a stretch of four consecutive quality starts. The 23-year-old right-hander permitted three earned runs or fewer in all but the first of those seven.
Manager Dan Jennings addressed the situation prior to Wednesday's win against the San Francisco Giants. With a surplus of starters, Miami needed to make a decision on who would remain in the rotation. The ballclub will go with Fernandez, righties Tom Koehler, Jarred Cosart, Mat Latos and Dan Haren.
"There's some things that could determine Urena if he's here with us in the 'pen or whether he goes back to Triple-A to stay stretched out over the All-Star break," Jennings had said. "So there's some of the things we're talking through to make sure we want to do right by him and really by any and all starting pitchers to make sure they stay stretched out. That was part of the decision with (Justin) Nicolino. It was easy to put him in the bullpen, but is it truly in their best interest, in our best interests?"