NEW YORK — Weird story today at Citi Field. It involves lasers and that’s probably the most interesting part.
First, the background: FoxSports.com reported earlier today that the Mets had an issue with the Dodgers’ use of laser rangefinders prior to games to position their outfielders, and subsequently using physical markers in the outfield during a game:
The Dodgers, after using the laser rangefinder, wanted to use markers on the playing surface to define the desired positions for their outfielders, and informed the Mets’ grounds crew of their plans.
Initially, the Mets grounds crew agreed that the Dodgers could leave two marks in center field and one in left. … The Mets’ grounds crew, however, told their superiors that the Dodgers informed them that if the markers were removed, Dodgers players would dig holes in the outfield with their cleats. The Mets then instructed their grounds crew to erase or obliterate anything they saw on the playing surface.
The Mets even reported what the Dodgers were doing to Major League baseball, a fact that surprised manager Dave Roberts since Roberts said “everyone’s doing it” — using lasers and markers to help position their outfielders.
Here’s more from Roberts on the topic:
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.
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.
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:
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.”