Julio Urias will make his first start at any level since July 21 on Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Getty Images)
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.
Once Kemp’s physical is complete, the Padres can send prospect Zach Eflin to the Dodgers, who can then send Eflin to Philadelphia to complete the Jimmy Rollins trade — barring any other hold-ups. Because the Phillies are sending cash to the Dodgers for Rollins (and the Dodgers are sending cash to the Padres for Kemp), the commissioner’s office needs to approve both trades.
It could be that the cash is the only thing keeping the Dodgers’ four-year, $48 million contract with pitcher Brandon McCarthy from becoming official. Judging by his new Twitter avatar, McCarthy sees no need to wait to change teams.
The Dodgers continued a furious Winter Meetings trade spree Thursday morning by dealing Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres. Kemp, a star outfielder and the Dodgers’ longest tenured player, has been informed of the trade, which has not been announced by either team because it is still pending approval from the league.
Soon, Kemp will be heading south along with catcher Tim Federowicz in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and pitcher Zach Eflin, according to multiple reports.