Urias’ innings workload hasn’t hindered his performance, though it’s unclear if he’ll be allowed to start every fifth day.
Rich Hill won’t make his Dodgers debut Friday after all.
Hill played catch yesterday to test the blister on his left middle finger. Though he didn’t throw off a mound as planned, Hill believed he’d be ready in time to start the series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Julio Urias will become the seventh different pitcher to start for the Dodgers in their last eight games when the rookie left-hander takes the mound Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Manager Dave Roberts made the announcement prior to the Dodgers’ game against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.
Urias, 19, is 1-2 with a 4.98 earned-run average in 10 games (nine starts) with the Dodgers this season. The top prospect in the organization was 5-1 with a 1.40 ERA in 11 games (seven starts) at Triple-A this year.
The Dodgers officially recalled Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday. The right-hander will start tonight’s game in Colorado, the second start of his major league career.
While that move was expected — Stewart was in Denver with the Dodgers on Monday — a couple unexpected faces showed up before today’s game. Left-handed pitcher Julio Urias and right-handed pitcher Josh Fields will be available out of the bullpen tonight. Fields, who was acquired from the Houston Astros before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, will wear number 46.
Additionally, outfielder Andrew Toles was optioned to Triple-A along with pitcher Josh Ravin. Ravin hasn’t pitched this season while serving an 80-game performance enhancing drug suspension, which expired today.
Pitcher Clayton Kershaw was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. He isn’t eligible to be activated before August 27. That doesn’t materially affect his timetable for recovery, since Kershaw hasn’t begun a throwing program. Kershaw has a mildly herniated disc in his lower back and hasn’t pitched in a game since June.
Making his first relief appearance since being demoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, Dodgers prospect Julio Urias was tagged for a pair of runs tonight, ending his streak of consecutive scoreless innings at 29.
The Dodgers led 2-0 after Urias threw a scoreless seventh inning against the Memphis Redbirds. The left-hander then allowed four hits and two runs in the eighth inning as the Redbirds tied the game 2-2.
Urias’ streak began April 22 against Memphis. It was interrupted by a pair of major-league stints in which Urias posted a 4.69 earned-run average over nine games.
After his last start for the Dodgers in Washington D.C. on July 21, Urias was sent back to Triple-A to work out of the bullpen and conserve his innings. Tonight marked only his third relief appearance at any level this season.
The PCL record for consecutive scoreless innings is 44, set in 1905 by Bill Tozer of the Los Angeles Angels.