Rauch designated for assignment; Below recalled

Rauch designated for assignment; Below recalled

MIAMI -- The Marlins, looking to shake things up during a rough stretch, made a couple of roster moves following Friday's 9-2 loss to the D-backs at Marlins Park.

Reliever Jon Rauch, 34, was designated for assignment, and lefty reliever Duane Below was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

Miami has dropped six straight, and Rauch allowed two runs on four hits in one inning in Friday's loss.

Rauch made 15 appearances and went 1-2 with a 7.56 ERA in 16 2/3 innings.

In the offseason, the Marlins signed Rauch to a one-year, $1 million contract, and he was projected to offer experience in a setup role. His biggest contribution came on April 29, when he threw three innings and 60 pitches of relief in a 5-4 win over the Mets in 15 innings. He gave up a run in the top of the 15th, but Miami rallied for two to pull off a walk-off victory.

Below, 27, has Major League experience as a reliever with the Tigers. Below is 2-1 with a 3.88 ERA in 27 relief appearances in the Majors.

Below made four starts for New Orleans, posting a 2-2 record with a 3.38 ERA, 15 strikeouts and six walks in 21 1/3 innings.

Like Wade LeBlanc, who threw four innings of relief on Friday, Below is a lefty who can pitch multiple innings of relief.

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