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.
Source: Julio Urias starts for the Dodgers on Thursday.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) April 24, 2017
This isn’t just a quick stop. Urias is here to stay, per Dave Roberts.
Roberts said Urias was more efficient in his last start with OKC. Roberts said Urias is up to stay.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 26, 2017
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.