There were hints Julio Urias was ticketed for the minors. Now there’s more smoke.

While Dave Roberts wouldn’t eliminate the idea of Urias making the team, all indications suggest otherwise.

Urias had his worst appearance of the spring against Seattle Wednesday. He was unable to complete an inning, giving up two runs. He was pulled having only gotten two outs on 31 pitches.

Roberts said Urias wasn’t going to come out of the bullpen, which crossed off one option. A report earlier this week said Brandon McCarthy and Alex Wood are the leading candidates to complete the rotation, another sign that Urias isn’t in the picture.

If Urias doesn’t make the roster, it’s not an indictment of his ability. Prior to today, he was having a solid spring. He impressed in 18 games last season. But he’s still a 20-year-old who isn’t prepared to handle a heavy innings load. For the betterment of his long-term health, both physically and financially, it makes sense to go slow.

He may not start the year in Los Angeles, but he’ll finish the year there if health allows. The Dodgers want Urias for the playoffs, and the sacrifice might be April and May.

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