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.”
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.
NEW YORK — In case you spent the last 24 hours living under a rock, Julio Urias is at Citi Field to make his major league debut tonight against the New York Mets. Here are the lineups for both teams:
For those of who you do not have access to SportsNet LA at home, this should come as welcome news: The Dodgers will play three non-blacked out games on ESPN in four days next week.
Sunday night in New York (5 p.m. PT), and Tuesday night and Wednesday night in Chicago (5 p.m.), are all national telecasts on the Worldwide Leader. The Sunday night telecast will feature Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza in the booth. The latter two feater Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe and Doug Glanville.
And, if Julio Urias is allowed to pitch five days from day, you can tune in to watch him pitch again Wednesday night.
Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias, center, hasn’t allowed a run in his last 27 innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City. (Getty Images)
For Julio Urias, baseball’s top pitching prospect, the future is now.
The Dodgers are expected to purchase Urias’ contract in advance of Friday’s game against the New York Mets. Left-hander Alex Wood was scratched with left triceps soreness and will start Monday’s game against the Chicago Cubs instead. Urias, 19, will become the youngest pitcher to start a game for the Dodgers since Dick Calmus 1963.
Urias has an active 27-inning scoreless streak for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The left-hander leads the Pacific Coast League in earned-run average (1.10) and was scheduled to start today in Fresno.
The Dodgers are flying New York today to begin a three-game series against the team that defeated them last October in a five-game division series.
Urias might only make one start, Andrew Friedman says. Opinions are mixed as to how well his outing will go. Who is Julio Urias?