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Dodgers: Julio Urías Reinstated, Gavin Lux Promoted, Josh Sborz Recalled

The Dodgers made a flurry of roster moves on Monday morning.

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24: Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on before the spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on March 24, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

The Dodgers have selected the contract of top prospect Gavin Lux to make his major league debut on Monday and have reinstated left-handed pitcher Julio Urías from the restricted list following his suspension.

The club also announced that they have recalled right-handed reliever Josh Sborz from Triple-A Oklahoma City and have transferred first baseman Tyler White to the 60-day injured list to make room for Gavin Lux on the 40-man roster.

Lux, ranked as the 10th-best prospect in the sport by Fangraphs’ Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel, will make his major league debut on Monday against the Colorado Rockies and will start at second base. Across 49 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Lux slashed .392/.478/.719 with a 188 wRC+ and 13 home runs.

Urías, who was suspended an additional 15 games for a domestic violence incident, has been reinstated and his role has yet to be determined. There have rumors that he could return as a starting pitcher, but he could also reassume his role as a high-leverage reliever. Urías holds a 2.53 ERA on the year across 67 2/3 innings and 27 appearances (six starts).

Sborz has been up and down with the Dodgers, but with the roster expansion, he should see some mop up innings to keep the bullpen rested. He has thrown just three innings for the Dodgers and has allowed six earned runs.

White, who Dodgers manager Dave Roberts claimed to be out for the year, has been made the corresponding roster move to create space for Gavin Lux’s promotion. White struggled all season, mustering just a 71 wRC+ across 83 combined games with the Houston Astros and the Dodgers, compared to an elite 144 wRC+ with the Astros in 2018.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Sborz has been very good in the Minor’s and not very good and a little unlucky in the Majors. I think he has a ton of talent and hopefully, he can get some solid MLB time and the coaches can help him with pitch selection and mindset.
    Hill talks about it a lot in that when you are in the Majors you have to concentrate and be committed on each and every pitch. Major league hitters can hit any pitch that is not precise and can sometimes hit the pitchers pitch no matter.
    Sborz, May are learning and will be better pitchers next year for it.
    Urias is an amazing talent and he and Lux I am sure will help. Lux has destroyed AAA and AA pitching this year. Lux will either continue to hit well or find that the MLB pitchers can get him out at which point he gets to learn and adjust, which will help him next year.

    • Tmaxter, that is correct on what ya say about Lux. this is the big leagues here and he and other minor leaguers will see pitches that they didn’t see from those minor league pitchers. It’s a game of adjustments and I am sure he already knows that, because he has done just that so far to get to this point. Al I can add is that Dodgers must not expect him to all of a sudden’carry’ this offense.

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