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Marlins promote Jose Urena

The 23-year-old was rated the team's forth best prospect by Baseball America.

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The Miami Marlins are promoting Jose Urena to the big leagues, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Urena, 23, will be making his first big league start on Tuesday against the Pirates.

Back in December, Urena was ranked as the team's fourth-best prospect by Baseball America and has ascended through the ranks of Miami's minor league system. He has advanced one level every year since he has turned 18, which included an extremely short stint in the big leagues already this season.

It included all of two relief appearances for a grand total of three major league innings. In AAA however, Urena has had a good showing with New Orleans, sporting a 4-0 record in six starts with a 1.21 ERA in 37.1 total innings.

The Marlins have had their share of injury problems this season, with Henderson Alvarez, Mat Latos, Jose Fernandez and Jarred Cosart all on the disabled list. When the Marlins talked about getting Fernandez back and competing, the rotation included all of the aforementioned pitchers.

If he's able to pitch well and prove that he belongs in the majors, Urena can provide a little sunlight to an otherwise stormy situation -- perhaps proving the Marlins have something to build on for the remainder of the season and beyond.