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It's time to send Tucker back

Thanks kid, but it's time to send Ryan Tucker back to the minors. Sure, he has had a couple of decent starts, and when he went five innings and gave up one run in his big league debut against the Reds on June 9, it looked like he might help the Marlins.

But since his debut he has given up 18 runs in 20 innings (that's a 8.10 ERA). He lasted just five innings Monday against the Nationals, the worst hitting team (.238) team in baseball. He probably should have been lifted in the fourth for a pinch-hitter, but the Marlins have a short bench because Dan Uggla is still nursing a ankle injury. Tucker hit for himself and struck out, leaving Matt Treanor stranded at second. Then he goes out in the fifth and promptly gives up two home runs and leaves after needing 101 pitches to get through five forgettable innings. By the way, the Nationals had hit only 60 homers all year before Elijah Dukes and Dmitri Young went deep. Tucker has given up four home runs in his last two starts, a total of nine innings.

The Marlins aren't sure who they will move when Josh Johnson joins the team, but Tucker is making a strong case for himself. He has the potential to be a decent pitcher in the big leagues, but he just doesn't look ready yet.

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