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Garcia optioned, will join Triple-A rotation

Rucinski's contract selected from Baby Cakes
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PHOENIX -- The Marlins announced they selected the contract of right-hander Drew Rucinski from Triple-A New Orleans and optioned left-hander Jarlin Garcia to Triple-A, where he'll join the rotation.

The move was about giving Garcia more of an opportunity to develop.

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PHOENIX -- The Marlins announced they selected the contract of right-hander Drew Rucinski from Triple-A New Orleans and optioned left-hander Jarlin Garcia to Triple-A, where he'll join the rotation.

The move was about giving Garcia more of an opportunity to develop.

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"I think the main thing is getting him back in a routine, getting him starting again," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We weren't doing him any justice by having him in the bullpen. The plan from the very beginning, going back to Spring Training, was for him to be pitching, to be able to control his innings, but develop him as a starter."

Garcia, who made the club's Opening Day roster, has started six games (3.55 ERA) this season. However, he hadn't started since May 12.

Since then, Garcia had pitched just eight innings.

"I think it was just a matter of giving him that opportunity to start and then be prepared to start," Mattingly said. "At this point, he wasn't even prepared to start because we weren't able to give him innings and keep him built up."

Garcia also had trouble limiting the long ball recently. Garcia surrendered just two home runs in 27 innings in March/April, but since May 1, he has given up 11 over 24 frames.

Two of those came against the D-backs on Friday. After the game, Mattingly said the club thought Garcia may be tipping his pitches. The manager said they hadn't yet resolved the issue.

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On Sunday, Mattingly said fixing an issue like that is easier for some pitchers than others.

"One guy, you may let him know about it and they're able to change it right away," Mattingly said. "Other guys get out there and are thinking about getting outs and aren't thinking about what they're doing. Those have been the guys over the years where there's times they think about it when the game is on the line and all of a sudden, the old thoughts come back and you're forgetting about what you're doing with everything else."

Rucinski replaced Tayron Guerrero and got Paul Goldschmidt to fly out to right to end the eighth inning of Sunday's 6-1 loss to the D-backs. He has made brief Major League stints throughout his career, pitching 7 1/3 innings for the Angels in 2014 and seven for them in '15. Most recently, Rucinski appeared in two games for the Twins last May, allowing five earned runs in 4 1/3 frames.

Prior to being called up, Rucinski, 29, held a 2.52 ERA over 25 innings at Triple-A this season. He also saw an old friend when he entered the Marlins' clubhouse as he and J.B. Shuck were college teammates for a season at Ohio State.

"That's pretty crazy," Rucinski said on Sunday. "It's pretty cool to see him here and have a familiar face. That's pretty awesome."

Rucinski was ready to pitch for Triple-A New Orleans last night. Instead, he received good news.

"It was kind of crazy because normally, you just go hop on the mound to start warming up, but they called me into the dugout," Rucinski said. "No idea what's going on, but then the pitching coach or manager was like, 'Hey, you're going to the big leagues.' So that's pretty cool."

Justin Toscano is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.

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