When Clayton Kershaw was placed on the disabled list, many began to count the Dodgers out of any postseason chances. Luckily, the starting rotation was saved by depth… specifically Julio Urias. Unfortunately, it seems as though he has made his last start of 2016.
On Tuesday before the game, Dave Roberts announced that this was likely Julio’s last start of the season. However, there is no need to worry! Urias will be moved to the bullpen where Robert’s believes he will be of the most use come the postseason.
#Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says it's likely Julio Urias will transition to the bullpen after his start tonight at Yankee Stadium.
— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) September 13, 2016
The Dodgers expect to move Julio Urias to the bullpen after this start. #TweetsFromBeforeEveryUriasStart
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) September 13, 2016
Now Andy McCullough is right about his hashtag. This is not the first time that Dave Roberts has said that Julio Urias will not make anymore starts for the Dodgers; however, his inning limit is reportedly around 120-130 innings according to McCullough. Well, Julio Urias is currently sitting at 117 innings this season if you include his time in the minors.
If that wasn’t enough proof for you, Urias only threw 78 pitches in 3 2/3 innings in his start against the Yankees on Tuesday. It wasn’t because he was being rocked or anything either; the 20-year old had given up 0 runs and 4 hits. Granted, he was pulled after hitting a batter and loading the bases, but it was early in the game and he could’ve possibly gotten out of it. It just seems as thought this time, Dave Roberts means it.
His skills will be missed in the starting rotation, but hopefully he will make a huge impact out of the bullpen. If Urias can come anything close to this performance against the Rockies, opposing teams will pray they don’t see him late in the game.
We look forward to seeing you back on the mound, Julio!