With one final game in St. Louis, the Dodgers changed course a bit ahead of this morning’s game against the Cardinals. Yesterday, Dave Roberts announced that Julio Urias would be pushed back a day and that Thursday’s game would essentially become another bullpen game. He added that Tony Gonsolin would get the bulk of the work in his return from the injured list.
So why change things up? No, it wasn’t because the Padres are coming to Los Angeles this weekend for three games. It was a bit of that famed workload management for Julio, among other variables.
Just kind of looking at Julio’s workload and getting Tony back online — how it worked out — we just felt that we wanted to get Tony back online. And I think that if you look out at planning the rest of the season, it just made sense for us.
Urias has already blown past his career-high in starts with 27 and innings pitched with 156.1 this season. Before the season, pitching coach Mark Prior mentioned that the goal was to keep the 24-year-old under the 200 innings mark but pitching staff injuries and losses have forced the team to alter the course a bit. Still, as recently as last week, Doc Roberts mentioned that he wasn’t overly concerned with Julio’s workload as he had been great at staying on top of his health between starts.
With the Dodgers set to return home to Dodger Stadium for the second to last homestand of the regular season, the weekend rotation now lines up as follows.
- Julio Urias (16-3, 3.11 ERA)
- Walker Buehler (13-3, 2.31 ERA)
- Max Scherzer (13-4, 2.28 ERA)
The Padres could send Chris Paddack, Joe Musgrove, and possibly Blake Snell to the mound.