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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Game 97: Dodgers hand Stephen Strasburg his first loss.

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Justin Turner hit two home runs in the Dodgers’ 6-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Thursday. (Getty Images)

Justin Turner’s two home runs were enough to lift the Dodgers over Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals, 6-3. The box score is here.

The San Francisco Giants didn’t play Thursday, so the Dodgers moved within four games of first place in the National League West for the first time since June 11.

Julio Urías’ fate, in the short term at least, is up in the air.

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Game 90: Five more scoreless innings by the bullpen preserve Dodgers’ latest win.

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Kenley Jansen recorded his 26th save in the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the Padres. (Getty Images)

Brandon McCarthy allowed three runs in five innings, and the Dodgers’ bullpen did what it usually does in a 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres. The box score is here.

Julio Urias will pitch out of the bullpen at Triple-A Oklahoma City to preserve his innings.

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Dodgers option Julio Urias to Triple-A Oklahoma City, recall Luis Avilan.

Julio Urias‘ demotion became official Tuesday. The 19-year-old left-hander was sent back to Triple-A Oklahoma City after making eight major league starts, and left-handed reliever Luis Avilan was recalled to take his spot on the 25-man roster.

Urías, 19, went 1-2 with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts with the Dodgers after making his debut May 27. He struggled mightily in his first two games against the Mets and Cubs, both on the road, allowing eight runs in 7 ⅔ innings. Over his next five starts Urias pitched like a seasoned vet, posting a 2.49 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 25 ⅓ innings. But he was roughed up for five runs in 3 ⅓ innings Monday by the Baltimore Orioles and, with Hyun-Jin Ryu set to re-join the Dodgers’ rotation Thursday, Urias returns to Triple-A to keep sharp while presumably preserving his innings limit.

Urias has thrown 77 ⅓ total innings this year between Triple-A and the majors. He threw 80 ⅓ innings during the 2015 regular season across four minor league levels.

Avilan has appeared in four games in two stints with the Dodgers this year, allowing three runs and recording three outs. The 26-year-old averaged more than a strikeout per inning at Triple-A (29 in 27 ⅔ innings), while posting an 0-3 record with four saves and a 4.55 ERA in 26 games.

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Game 79: As Julio Urias’ first win arrives in Milwaukee, Clayton Kershaw departs for L.A.

Julio Urias‘ first major league win finally arrived Tuesday in Milwaukee, sealed by an impressive Joc Pederson catch in the eighth inning. The box score is here.

Clayton Kershaw flew to Los Angeles to have his back examined.

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