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Marlins designate Jon Rauch for assignment

Miami Marlins v Cincinnati Reds

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 21: Jon Rauch #60 of the Miami Marlins pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park on April 21, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rauch gave up five runs on four hits in only two-thirds inning pitched as the Reds topped the Marlins 10-6. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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The Marlins signed veteran reliever Jon Rauch to a one-year, $1 million contract over the winter, but he has been designated for assignment after making just 15 appearances with the club. Duane Below has been called up from Triple-A New Orleans to replace him on the active roster.

Rauch has really struggled in the early part of the season, posting a 7.56 ERA in 16 2/3 innings to go along with a 15/7 K/BB ratio. The 34-year-old gave up two runs on four hits and a walk over one inning of work in last night’s loss to the Diamondbacks.

Rauch owns a 3.90 ERA over 11 seasons in the majors and posted a 3.59 ERA in 73 appearances with the Mets last season, so it shouldn’t be long before the 6-foot-11 right-hander gets an opportunity elsewhere.