Julio Urias will start Friday, could move to bullpen for the remainder of the season.

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Julio Urias is 5-2 with a 3.71 ERA in his first season with the Dodgers. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

DENVER >> The Dodgers will give the ball to rookie left-hander Julio Urias for Friday’s start against the San Diego Padres.

“The way he’s throwing the baseball right now,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “this is the best thing for the Dodgers and for Julio.”

Urias, 20, is 5-2 with a 3.71 earned-run average in 14 games (12 starts) for the Dodgers this year. His last outings, all victories, have seen Urias allow two earned runs in 19 ⅔ innings, good for a 0.92 ERA.

And yet, Friday’s start might be his last of the season.
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Dodgers replace Pedro Baez with Casey Fien.

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Dodgers pitcher Pedro Baez, who was optioned to Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday, has a 7.50 earned-run average in August. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

DENVER >> The Dodgers optioned pitcher Pedro Baez to Double-A Tulsa prior to Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies, and recalled Casey Fien from his rehabilitation assignment.

Ordinarily players who are optioned to the minor leagues can’t be recalled for another 10 days unless another player is hurt. But because the Tulsa Drillers’ season ends next Monday, the Dodgers can bring Baez back the following day, Sept. 6.

Baez’s overall numbers are quite solid: a 3.61 earned-run average in 62 appearances, with 19 walks and 68 strikeouts in 62 ⅓ innings. But his ERA has risen by a full run in August as the right-hander strung together one rocky appearance after another. He has a 7.50 ERA and a .653 opponents’ slugging percentage in his last 13 appearances.

Only Joe Blanton has appeared in more games this season for the Dodgers than Baez.

Fien hasn’t pitched since July 16 because of a minor elbow injury. He has a 3.80 ERA in 23 relief appearances since the Dodgers claimed him off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.

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Game 131: Corey Seager dodges a pair of bullets; Dodgers can’t dodge a loss.

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Kenta Maeda allowed two runs in five innings Monday against the Colorado Rockies. (Getty Images)


A close game got away from the Dodgers late, and Corey Seager got good news on his postgame x-rays following an 8-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies. The box score is here.

Justin Turner got the day off Monday, and that’s become a rare thing in a season of remarkable health for the Dodgers’ third baseman.

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What’s next for Clayton Kershaw after Tuesday’s sim game at Dodger Stadium?

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Clayton Kershaw will throw to Single-A hitters Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. (Getty Images)

DENVER — The only things missing from Dodger Stadium on Tuesday will be the simulated fans, simulated tickets, simulated pregame pomp and circumstance with the volume turned to 11, and the simulated rush of traffic entering and exiting the park.

Otherwise, there will be simulated baseball games for Clayton Kershaw, Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson. Single-A Rancho Cucamonga will supply the simulated hitters.

For Kershaw, the sim game follows a 60-pitch bullpen session Friday at Dodger Stadium. It’s the first time he has faced live hitters since re-starting his throwing program as he tries to come back from a mild disc herniation in his lower back. Kershaw was 11-2 with a 1.79 earned-run average when he pitched his last game for the Dodgers in June.

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Dodgers option Brock Stewart to Double-A Tulsa, recall Kenta Maeda.

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Kenta Maeda is 2-1 in three starts against the Colorado Rockies this season. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers optioned Brock Stewart to Double-A Tulsa to make room for Kenta Maeda, tonight’s starting pitcher, on the 25-man roster.

The Tulsa Drillers’ season ends Sept. 5 — a week from today — so Stewart will be eligible to rejoin the Dodgers after that day.

Stewart pitched the best game of his brief major league career Sunday at Dodger Stadium, pitching five scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.

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