About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the 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.

Casey Fien will replace Julio Urias on the Dodgers’ 25-man roster. Update.

NEW YORK — Casey Fien‘s name was listed on the lineup card in the Dodgers’ clubhouse Saturday and the right-handed reliever is expected to be available for today’s game against the Mets. He’ll take the 25-man roster spot of Julio Urias, who will be optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City one day after making his major league debut.

Urias was not at Citi Field on Saturday.

Fien wasn’t at Citi Field either during the Dodgers’ afternoon media availability. If he hasn’t arrived at the park yet, that would explain why the roster transaction isn’t official. The Dodgers will need to clear a spot on their 40-man roster for Fien, who was outrighted to Triple-A on May 12.

Update (6:38 p.m.): To make room for Fien, the Dodgers designated outfielder James Ramsey for assignment; Ramsey was batting .222 at Triple-A.

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Source: Dodgers returning Julio Urias to Triple-A.

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Julio Urias pitched 2 2/3 innings in his major league debut Friday night against the New York Mets. (Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Julio Urias‘ first major league call-up was a brief one.

The Dodgers will send the 19-year-old phenom back to Triple-A as early as today, a source confirmed. The news was originally reported by Fanatics Network on Twitter.

Urias lasted only 2 ⅔ innings against the New York Mets in a spot start Friday. He was spared the loss when the Dodgers staged a four-run rally to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning, only to lose on Curtis Granderson‘s solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Urias called it the best day of his life; you can relive it all here.

No word yet on who the Dodgers recall to take Urias’ spot on the 25-man roster. They need relief pitchers badly after using five of their seven last night. Workhorse Clayton Kershaw is only scheduled to start once on their 7-game road trip, so the need figures to persist beyond today.

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Game 49: A fresh start, and a familiar ending, on the best day of Julio Urias’ life.

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Yasmani Grandal (left) visited Julio Urias three times during the pitcher’s rocky first inning Friday. The Mets beat the Dodgers 6-5. (Getty Images)

NEW YORK — The best day of Julio Urias‘ life had a familiar ending to Dodgers fans: a walk-off solo home run by Curtis Granderson off Pedro Baez. The Mets won 6-5.

The box score is here.

Alex Wood, who was scratched from Friday’s game with a sore right triceps muscle, is confident he can make his next start Monday in Chicago.

Urias admitted that he was nervous during the game. He didn’t hide his optimism, either. Here’s a portion of what he said after the game:

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Alex Wood might be limited to bunting when he starts Monday.

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Alex Wood is confident he can start Monday against the Chicago Cubs after dealing with a sore left triceps. (Associated Press photo)

NEW YORK — Alex Wood was in a joking mood Friday about his left triceps injury. He said he sustained the injury on a swing last weekend in San Diego, a game in which he finished 0 for 2, ending a modest four-game hitting streak.

“That’s why it ended,” Wood said of the streak. “It happened in my first AB.”
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A brief word on Julio Urias and ‘CULICHI POWER.’

NEW YORK — Dodgers team photographer Jon SooHoo snapped this picture of a meeting among Julio Urias, Yasmani Grandal and Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt this afternoon. You can’t see it very well because of the shoulder compress he’s wearing, but Urias is wearing a t-shirt that says “CULICHI POWER” on the front and back.

Urias is from Culiacan, the capital city of Sinaloa, a province in northern Mexico where baseball is particularly popular. Four natives of Culiacan have reached the major leagues: Oliver Perez, Arturo Lopez, Arnold Leon and Victor Alvarez. Urias will become the fifth today.

“Natives of Culiacan” is a clunky phrase, so there ought to be a catchy nickname. Culichi fills that void. I found a few of these t-shirts lying around the internet.

With just the proper amount of hype and performance, it could become a popular seller well beyond Culiacan.

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