On Tuesday (April 23), the Miami Marlins announced that relief pitcher Jarlin Garcia had been placed on the paternity list. Garcia is allowed to remain there for up to three days. The 26-year-old was called up to the big leagues a week ago and has thrown 2 2/3 scoreless innings thus far.

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While Garcia is on the paternity list, relief pitcher Jose Quijada will take his place on the Marlins’ 25-man roster. This is the first time that Quijada will be in a major league uniform for a regular season game. According to MLB.com, Quijada was Miami's No. 26 ranked prospect heading into the season.

FanSided states that the Venezuelan was signed through free agency by the Marlins on September 9, 2013, when he was just 17 years old.

Jose Quijada was called up by the Marlins on April 23. - [Adam LeRoy / Flickr]
Jose Quijada was called up by the Marlins on April 23. - [Adam LeRoy / Flickr]

Quijada's time in the minor leagues

The 23-year-old Quijada (listed at 5-11, 203 lbs) had been pitching for the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate, the New Orleans Baby Cakes, prior to being called up on Tuesday. The southpaw pitched in five games for them this season and owns a 3.38 ERA for them in eight innings. He gave up three hits, walked four batters, struck out eight, and saved three games for the Baby Cakes.

His first action in Triple-A came last year, as he appeared in 27 games with New Orleans.

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In 40 2/3 innings, he finished with a 2-4 record, a 3.32 ERA, and a 1.13 WHIP. He also struck out 52 batters and walked 22.

During the previous year of 2017, he split his time between the high Single-A Jupiter Hammerheads and the Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Combining his stats with the two clubs, Quijada pitched to a 3.23 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 55 2/3 innings. He ended the year with 59 strikeouts and 20 walks.

Miami's bullpen has struggled

While Quijada may not stay in the big leagues all that long, the Marlins should be looking for reliable pieces to help stabilize a bullpen that has gone through some struggles this season.

As of Tuesday, their relief pitching ranks No. 24 with a 4.95 ERA.

The team has just three saves (due in large part to owning a 6-16 record) and does not have a go-to pitcher in the ninth inning to close out a game. Quijada is one of three lefties who currently are in the Marlins bullpen along with Adam Conley and Wei-Yin Chen.

Miami's upcoming schedule

The Marlins have a brief two-game series in Cleveland against the Indians on Tuesday and Wednesday (April 24).

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If Garcia does stay on the paternity list for the third day, Quijada can also be a part of the Marlins roster on Thursday (April 25) when they head to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies.

Pablo Lopez is slated to start Tuesday's game (against Carlos Carrasco), Sandy Alcántara will toe the hill on Wednesday (Cleveland's starter has yet to be announced), and Caleb Smith is the projected starter for Thursday.

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