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.
The Dodgers’ game against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 24 will be broadcast by ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. That means the game will begin at 5 p.m. local time, not 11:15 a.m. as previously announced.
The St. Louis Cardinals got to Joe Blanton and avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Dodgers 5-2 on Sunday. The box score is here.
The Dodgers and Angels are beginning their 20th season of interleague play, which has lost some of its buzz.
The St. Louis Cardinals committed four errors and also ran into an out when Kolten Wong was tagged out in this rundown between third base and home plate. (Getty Images)
Ross Stripling‘s first major league win (and his first hit) came against his college roommate, Michael Wacha, and the Dodgers pulled two games above .500 for the first time since April 27 with an 8-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The box score is here.
This is what Wacha said about Stripling after the game:
Dave Roberts filled out his 30th different lineup (excluding the pitcher’s spot) in 36 games, but he says the players aren’t complaining.