Dodgers recall Austin Barnes, option Julio Urias to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Julio Urias

Julio Urias has made nine starts for the Dodgers this season, including Thursday in Washington D.C. He was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers optioned Julio Urias to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday and recalled catcher/infielder Austin Barnes. Barnes is with the team for tonight’s game in St. Louis against the Cardinals.

Urias allowed one run in four innings yesterday against the Washington Nationals, and did not factor into the decision in the Dodgers’ 6-3 win. He’s 1-2 with a 4.69 earned run average in nine major league starts this year.

By rule, the Dodgers aren’t allowed to recall Urias from the minor leagues unless another player is injured. Since the team has placed 22 different players on the disabled list — already matching the most by any National League team in the last 30 years — Urias might well be back soon.

But the Dodgers were attempting to limit Urias’ innings by working him out of the Oklahoma City bullpen when he was summoned for his spot start Thursday. A return to the Triple-A bullpen is likely next.
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Willie Calhoun and Jharel Cotton escape the heat at Futures Game.

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SAN DIEGO — Willie Calhoun and Jharel Cotton got a jersey, a hat, a break from the summer Oklahoma humidity and the memory of a lifetime Sunday.

Calhoun, a second baseman at Double-A Tulsa, and Cotton, a pitcher at Triple-A Oklahoma City, were the only two participants in the Futures Game at Petco Park from the Dodgers’ organization. Calhoun went 0-for-2 in two plate appearances, and Cotton threw three pitches. But there was more to it than that.

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Dodgers minor leaguer Micah Johnson shares a name with an accused murderer.

Twenty-five year old Micah Xavier Johnson, the accused killer of several Dallas police officers Thursday night, is dead today.

Micah Drew Johnson, an infielder/outfielder playing for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, is alive today.

The New York Daily News picked up the story from there, beginning with an unfortunate coincidence and ending with an interesting anecdote about the baseball player’s background.

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Sources: Dodgers calling up Andrew Toles, who was out of baseball last year. Update.

A winding baseball journey will come full circle today, as the Dodgers will give Andrew Toles his first taste of the major leagues.

According to multiple sources, the 24-year-old outfielder will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to tonight’s game against the San Diego Padres. Toles began the season at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, was promoted to Double-A Tulsa in May, and played another eight games at Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to his promotion. Toles’ combined slash line across the three levels: .330/.375/.507, with 23 stolen bases in 32 attempts.

Update (4:00 p.m.): Toles was selected to the 40-man roster and is starting in center field and batting eighth tonight. Carlos Frias was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City and Triple-A infielder Cole Figueroa was designated for assignment.

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Dodgers lose Nick Tepesch on waivers to Oakland A’s.

The Oakland A’s claimed Nick Tepesch off waivers on Monday, two days after the right-handed pitcher was designated for assignment by the Dodgers.

The Dodgers didn’t have Tepesch very long. He was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers earlier this month, then rushed to the major leagues last Friday when the Dodgers ran short on starting pitchers. Tepesch allowed five runs in his only start and took the loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was DFA’d one day later.

Though predictable, Tepesch’s departure creates a hole on the depth chart at the Triple-A level. The Dodgers might seek to address that need externally in the coming days.

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