A brief pregame note on Rich Hill and Julio Urias.

Julio Urias

Julio Urias has pitched three games out of the Dodgers’ bullpen this season. Tonight’s game will likely be his fourth. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It probably goes without saying that Dodgers aren’t looking for starting pitcher Rich Hill to pace himself tonight. Lose the game, and their season is over.

Still, that’s been the approach with the 36-year-old left-hander since the day he became a Dodger at the August trade deadline. A blister on Hill’s left index finger limited him to six regular season starts, plus another in Game 2 of the National League Division Series. Hill never threw more than 93 pitches in a single outing.

That approach changes tonight.

“Give us all you have for as long as you have,” is how Roberts described it.

It’s difficult to say what to expect from Hill. Not only is the blister still a concern, he’s only started one game on three days’ rest in his career — and that was back in 2009.

Rookie left-hander Julio Urias hasn’t thrown in the series, and Roberts said “there is a good possibility you’ll see Julio tonight.”

So why isn’t Urias starting this game?

“Rich has not pitched out of the ‘pen for a long time,” Roberts said, “and to give him the best opportunity to have success, to go through his routine, that kind of won out for us.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.