Urena has converted to pitching only from the stretch rather than using a windup with the bases empty, Jordan McPherson of The Miami Herald reports.
The right-hander finished an erratic 2019 season in the bullpen, and he grew used to pitching exclusively from the stretch during that time. "I feel comfortable," Urena said. "That's something that I've been working on to get a good tempo... We hope to find a way to get the results I'm looking for." The results have indeed been promising to begin the spring as he competes for a rotation spot -- Urena has a 4:0 K:BB through five scoreless innings over his first two outings.
Urena will enter camp as a starter, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Urena has been the Marlins' Opening Day starter in both of the last two seasons, but he spent the final month of the 2019 campaign as a reliever as he didn't have enough time to build up to a starting workload following his return from a back injury. Reports from early January suggested Urena would remain in the bullpen this season, but the Marlins have apparently changed plans. He has more fantasy value in the rotation than in the bullpen (unless he enters the closer conversation), but he's not very useful outside of deep leagues thanks to his career 4.57 ERA and 16.0 percent strikeout rate.
Urena signed a one-year deal with the Marlins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Urena will get $3.75 million for his services, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. He spent the final month of the 2019 season in the bullpen and is expected to remain in that role heading into the 2020 campaign.
Urena will enter camp competing for a bullpen role, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Urena moved to the bullpen for the final month of the 2019 campaign after recovering from a herniated disc. While he did save three games, he also posted a 9.00 ERA in 10.0 innings of relief after recording a 4.70 ERA in 74.2 innings as a starter. If he adds to his save total this season, it will be more a reflection of the Marlins' lack of alternatives than his own abilities. Per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, it's also possible Urena returns to the starting rotation, where he'd have more (but still quite limited) fantasy value.
Urena picked up the save against the Mets on Thursday, giving up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 4-2 victory for the Marlins. He struck out one and walked none.
Urena blew a save his last time out, but he bounced back and converted this one for his third since he moved from the rotation the bullpen. It's been a disappointing campaign on the whole for the 28-year-old, who has an ugly 5.27 ERA and 1.49 WHIP over 83.2 innings.
Urena gave up two hits and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his second save of the season in a 4-2 win over the Giants.
The right-hander hasn't been sharp since being moved to the bullpen in September and taking over as the Marlins' closer, but he was able to get the job done here. Urena has a 9.00 ERA, 1.80 WHIP and 4:2 K:BB through five innings and six appearances in relief while converting two of his three save chances.
Urena (4-8) gave up three runs on three hits and a walk without recording an out in the ninth inning Wednesday to get charged with his first blown save and take the loss against the Pirates.
Elias Diaz led off the inning with a solo shot, and Bryan Reynolds ended the disastrous outing for Urena with a walkoff two-run single. The right-hander is still adjusting to working out of the bullpen and was pitching on consecutive nights for the first time. The Marlins are likely to give him a long leash, but after two solid appearances, Urena's conversion to closer hit a major bump.
Urena pitched a perfect 10th inning en route to a save in a 5-4 victory against the Pirates on Tuesday.
Used almost entirely as a starter before hitting the IL with a back issue in June, Urena got his first save chance of the season and it couldn't have gone better. He needed 15 pitches to retire three batters, but he didn't allow a baserunner, recording two groundouts and a flyout. Urena is expected to be the primary closer for the rest of the year.
Urena (back) was activated off the 60-day injured list Sunday.
Urena has been sidelined since early June due to a herniated disc on the left side of his back, but he's ready to rejoin the Marlins after a five-game rehab stint. The 27-year-old could receive a look in the closer's role over the final few weeks of the season.
Urena (back) shifted his rehab assignment from High-A Jupiter to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday.
Urena gave up one run in 3.2 innings across three appearances with Jupiter in what marked his first competitive action since landing on the 60-day injured list in June with a herniated disc on the left side of his back. The Marlins are preparing to bring Urena back from the IL in a relief role, with the 27-year-old potentially getting a look as a closer in the final few weeks of the season. He'll likely make an appearance or two with New Orleans before presumably rejoining Miami when rosters expand Sunday.
Urena (back) could be used as the Marlins's closer when he comes off the injured list in September, Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio reports.
The team is not looking at him to close beyond this season, but they think the ninth inning is a way for Urena to know exactly when to prepare to pitch upon his return, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports. The last time a Marlin recorded a save was when Sergio Romo saved a game on July 24, so Urena probably won't get too many opportunities over the final month if he does assume the role. However, if he looks good, he could enter 2020 as the closer in Miami rather than moving back into the rotation, so this has ramifications in redraft and dynasty leagues. As a starter he's lacked the strikeout punch typically found in closers, but perhaps if he uses his 96-mph sinker and 86-mph slider exclusively, he could have better results.
Urena (back) will make a rehab start Monday for Double-A Jacksonville, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
He gave up a run in one inning in his first rehab appearance last week for High-A Jupiter. Once again, Urena will only log one inning in this outing, which suggests that he will join the big-league bullpen at some point in September.
Urena (back) is scheduled to throw one inning for High-A Jupiter on Friday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Urena was able to throw all of his pitches during his last bullpen session Tuesday, and the Marlins have since cleared him for a rehab assignment. Miami is expected to bring Urena back as a reliever, which will shorten the length of his rehab stint. A timetable for his return has yet to be established.
Urena (back) threw 24 pitches using his entire arsenal in a bullpen session Tuesday, and the Marlins have discussed using him as a reliever once he's activated from the injured list, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. "The hardest thing is getting the starter built up to throw 90 pitches or so," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after the session. "We've talked about different options for Jose. Possibly out of the bullpen. But the main thing right now with him is getting him built up. Getting him strong, and then we'll make that decision."
The right-hander is still at least a couple of weeks away from rejoining the staff, but if the Marlins do decide to use Urena in relief it would shorten the length of his eventual rehab stint. The team's Opening Day starter in 2018 and 2019, Urena has a 4.70 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 51:23 K:BB through 74.2 innings this season.
Urena (back) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
The Marlins shut Urena down for about a month while he recuperated from a herniated disc in his lower back, but the right-hander was able to initiate a throwing program about three weeks ago. With Urena's back responding well to flat-ground work, he'll be cleared to take another step forward by getting on the mound Tuesday. He'll likely need to complete several side sessions before the Marlins allow him to face live hitters and eventually, head out of a minor-league rehab assignment. Based on where he currently stands in his recovery, Urena seems unlikely to return from the 60-day injured list until September.
Urena (back) began a throwing progression Tuesday, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
Urena has been out just over a month with a herniated disc. He's been placed on the 60-day injured list, so he has at least a month to get up to speed before returning to the Marlins.
The Marlins expect to activate Urena (back) from the 60-day injured list around when he's first eligible to return in mid-August, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Urena was put on the shelf June 12 and transferred to the 60-day IL two days later after it was determined he was dealing with a herniated disc. Just over two weeks after Urena's shutdown, the Marlins are already encouraged by the progress the right-hander has displayed and believe he'll be able to contribute again over the final month and a half of the season. Though Urena served as the Marlins' Opening Day starter, he may not have a rotation spot waiting for him upon returning with multiple youngsters staking claims to permanent starting roles. Once Urena's return date draws nearer, the Marlins will likely assess the makeup of their rotation at that time before determining how the veteran will be used.
Urena is dealing with a herniated disc in his lower back, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
Urena's injury had been called simply lower-back tightness when he landed on the injured list Wednesday, but an MRI that day revealed a more significant injury. He's been placed on the 60-day injured list and won't return until mid-August at the earliest.
Urena (back) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Friday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Urena was previously said to be dealing with some lower-back tightness, but the injury has been further diagnosed as a left lower-back strain that will apparently require significant recovery time. The 27-year-old won't be eligible to rejoin the Marlins' 25-man roster until mid-August. Jordan Yamamoto entered the starting rotation in Urena's place Wednesday and should continue to see starting chances in his absence.
Urena (back) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
This was expected, as Urena is dealing with a bout of lower-back tightness and will need at least a week to get right. The move is retroactive to Sunday, making the right-hander eligible to return June 19 should he prove ready to go after a minimum stay on the shelf. Jordan Yamamoto was summoned from the minors in a corresponding move and will start Wednesday in place of Urena.
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