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Urena set to make next start despite cramping

September 17, 2018

MIAMI -- It appears the Marlins have dodged an injury scare with Jose Urena. The club's Opening Day starter, and team leader in starts and innings pitched, remains on schedule for his next start, which is at home on Saturday against the Reds.Urena was lifted after five innings in Sunday's

MIAMI -- It appears the Marlins have dodged an injury scare with Jose Urena. The club's Opening Day starter, and team leader in starts and innings pitched, remains on schedule for his next start, which is at home on Saturday against the Reds.
Urena was lifted after five innings in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park due to cramping in his right hand.
On Monday, Urena played catch and noted he was feeling better.
Because of an off-day on Wednesday, Urena will get an extra day of rest before facing Cincinnati.
"Jose was good today," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "He came in today, had his regular catch. Everything was just as they thought. His hand was cramped, and he got electrolytes and got a little massage. After that, he was fine."
Urena is 7-12 with a 4.21 ERA in 162 1/3 innings over 29 starts.
Since mid-August, Urena has stepped up, posting a 2.16 ERA in his last five starts. In his last seven starts, he's 4-1 with a 2.79 ERA with 25 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.96 in 38 2/3 innings.
Over his last 15 starts, Urena is 6-4 with a 3.84 ERA.
"You don't want to take any chances with him, absolutely not," Mattingly said. "It sounded like he was good with regular toss, and he didn't have any problems today."
The Marlins' rotation is already down one veteran with Dan Straily dealing with a left oblique strain sustained on Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh.
"We haven't officially said he is not going to pitch, but unofficially, he's not going to pitch," Mattingly said of Straily.
Before Straily was sidelined, the Marlins planned on going with a six-man rotation for the remainder of the season. Now, they'll stick with five.
Trevor Richards started on Monday against the Nationals, and Sandy Alcantara is lined up for Tuesday. Jeff Brigham, Wei-Yin Chen and Urena are slated for the first three games against the Reds -- on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
"We'll just stay with our five guys," Mattingly said. "We have some off-days. Still kind of regular rest, with a couple of guys getting an extra day."
Worth noting
• The final two weeks of the season are an opportunity for Miami to give opportunities to a number of newcomers. Peter O'Brien, who had two home runs on the Marlins' road trip, will get chances at first base and the corner outfield spots. O'Brien batted cleanup and played first on Monday.

"We'll get him into some games," Mattingly said. "He's had a good year. He's shown signs of being a little bit dangerous. We'll get to see some at-bats. We'll see him at first. We'll see him in the outfield. We'll see what it looks like the rest of the way."
• The Marlins-Pirates game, rained out on Sept. 9 in Pittsburgh, remains tentatively scheduled for Oct. 1, the day after the regular-season finale. It appears that game will be played only if it impacts the playoff race. The Pirates have yet to be eliminated.
"I would say it's contingent on if it means anything, as far as playoff implications," Mattingly said. "If there's playoff implications, obviously, we have to play. I don't think we'll actually play if we don't."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.