It was reported earlier this week that Julio Urias wasn’t scheduled to pitch for Oklahoma City.

That’s because he has a job to do in San Francisco.

Urias will start for the Dodgers Thursday, as first reported by J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group. The move bumps Kenta Maeda’s next start to Friday.

This isn’t just a quick stop. Urias is here to stay, per Dave Roberts.

Urias threw 77 major league innings in 2016. Still not old enough to legally purchase a beer, Urias expected to be retrained this season. Agent Scott Boras agreed with the decision, especially knowing his client will be free agent eligible at age 26.

The Dodgers have been patient with Urias, and Dave Roberts indicated May was a likely returning point. The team’s rotation struggles – a collective 6.05 ERA outside Clayton Kershaw and Brandon McCarthy – didn’t hurt the case. In 15 starts with Los Angeles, Urias earned a 3.39 ERA. He started on game in the NLCS, giving up four runs in 3.2 innings.

With Rich Hill’s status seemingly always uncertain, L.A. will hope Urias’ timetable accelerates and he blossoms into a front end starter. Or at least, he holds fort as an average pitcher. For the Dodgers to break from their current struggles, the rotation needs to stabilize.

Between this and Cody Bellinger’s call-up, the future is now for Los Angeles.

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Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.

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