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Marlins giving Jose Urena opportunity to remain in rotation

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Urena is the latest to pitch in the fifth spot.

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Miami recalled Jose Urena to start Tuesday night’s contest in Philadelphia, the club announced Monday night.

Yefri Perez was optioned back to Double-A Jacksonville in the corresponding roster move.

Urena becomes the latest starter the Marlins have used in the fifth spot in the rotation. Justin Nicolino and Paul Clemens were also given opportunities.

Urena logged 20.1 innings with the Marlins earlier this season and didn’t have much success, pitching to a 7.52 ERA and 4.88 FIP.

Miami has used Urena as both a starter and reliever, but he hasn’t fared well in either role. Over 82.0 total innings with the Marlins, Urena has pitched to a 5.82 ERA and 4.70 FIP.

The Marlins seem focused on acquiring another starter, though they rightfully aren’t willing to overpay. The club has been linked to Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi, Chris Archer, Ervin Santana and Sonny Gray over the last few weeks.

If the price for controllable pitching remains high, the Marlins might be forced to depend on internal options in the coming weeks. Urena, Nicolino, Kendry Flores and Jarred Cosart could all be considered.