The Dodgers kick off a series against the Padres tonight in San Diego. And while the 2 teams are in far different positions than they were when they last met in late June, these games are still huge for the NL West race.
The starters have been mostly TBA for the series up until today for the Dodgers. As it turns out, they are activating left-handed pitcher Julio Urías off of the injured list to get the first start of the series.
Julio last pitched in New York on the 13th against the Mets. He took a comebacker off of his leg and the Dodgers eventually placed him on the injured list with a calf contusion a few days later. He went 5 innings in that game and allowed just 2 hits without being charged a run
Getting Julio back means that the Dodgers bullpen should see a little bit of a break. They had to work overtime over the last 2 weeks with him out and the starting rotation getting a little beat up as of late. But he’s been on a bit of a hot streak over his last 5 starts, going 27.2 innings and being charged with just 4 earned runs.
Urias also struck out 27 batters and walked 6 during that run of games. In order to make room for Urías on the active roster, the Dodgers designated Neftali Feliz for assignment. The former All-Star closer made just one scoreless appearance with LA before getting the bump.