Anytime there is an injury to a starting pitcher, Dodgers fans collectively hold their breath. That’s what sort of season 2021 has brought for Los Angeles with pitchers dropping left and right for most of the year.
So when Julio Urías was placed on the injured list prior to Saturday night’s game, fans were understandably worried. The Dodgers put him on the 10-day IL and called up Zach McKinstry from Triple-A to fill his spot.
But the good news is that it is mostly precautionary. The Dodgers placed him on the list one day after being hit on the leg during an at-bat. Julio had previously said that he was not bothered by it, but Doc cleared up the injury designation on Saturday night.
It’s just something that you’re talking about the lower half. We don’t want to put him in harm’s way. There was some swelling to that calf. So if we can skip him (for a start), get him right. Hopefully, it’s just the 10 days and get him back in there. You just don’t want the mechanics to be compromised by a lower-half contusion.
The Dodgers will only need to skip one of Julio’s starts, at least that’s the hope. They would likely need to go with another bullpen game if that’s the case, but they’re already shuffling to find guys to start games as it is.
With Tony Gonsolin and Clayton Kershaw still on the mend, the Dodgers don’t quite have the arms to get them starts 5 days a week. Julio’s injury could present the team with an interesting week ahead of them.