Urena signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies on Friday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Urena was designated for assignment by Milwaukee in early May, and he elected free agency rather than accepting an outright assignment to Triple-A Nashville. However, he'll settle for a minor-league deal with Colorado. The right-hander will work out at the Rockies' extended spring training facility in Arizona before presumably reporting to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Urena elected free agency Monday instead of accepting an outright assignment to Triple-A Nashville. Urena lost his roster spot when rosters shrank to 26 players last week, as his 3.52 ERA in 7.2 innings of relief to start the season came with a very poor 3:5 K:BB. He went unclaimed on waivers and will probably have to settle for a minor-league deal considering that he owns a 5.45 ERA since the start of the 2019 season.
The Brewers designated Urena for assignment Monday, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports. He was moved off the 40-man roster and 26-man active roster to clear room for infielder Luis Urias (quadriceps), who was activated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. After earning a spot on the Brewers' Opening Day roster as a long reliever, Urena floundered over his four appearances out of the bullpen, giving up five runs (three earned) on seven hits and five walks while striking out three over 7.2 innings.
Urena gave up three runs -- one earned -- over 2.1 innings of relief in Tuesday's victory over the Pirates. He allowed four hits, walked a batter and struck out none. Urena had a shot to record a three-inning save Tuesday, but the Pirates put the tying run on deck in the ninth inning, and Josh Hader was summoned to close the door. Urena has tossed an inning-plus in three of his four appearances and owns a respectable 3.52 ERA, but he also has posted a 3:5 K:BB. Expect him to continue working in middle-to-long relief for the Brewers.
Urena's contract was selected by the Brewers on Wednesday, Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Urena signed a minor-league deal with Milwaukee on Tuesday and will be added to the 40-man roster a day later. He made 26 appearances (18 starts) for the Tigers last year and posted a 5.81 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 100.2 innings. The right-hander should serve as a long reliever for the Brewers and will be available to serve as a spot starter, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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