Urias has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday.
Urias pitched four innings for the Dodgers on Thursday, giving up one earned run and striking out four. Urias can't be back with the Dodgers for the next 10 days, but it looks like they won't need a fifth starter for a while as they have three days off in the next two weeks. Urias has pitched 82.1 innings so far in 2016, five less than his career high of 87.2 in 2014.
After being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City,
It was announced Tuesday afternoon that Urias would get the starting nod Thursday, and the morning roster move makes it official. The 19-year-old lefty fared pretty well against the Nationals the last time he faced them this season, striking out six over five innings of two-run ball en route to a no-decision. This time around, the lineup he's facing will be lacking both Ryan Zimmerman (ribs) and Jayson Werth (rest). Urias is not expected to remain in the rotation after Thursday's start, as he will likely be transitioned to the bullpen due to innings restrictions.
Urias will make a spot start Thursday against the Nationals, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Urias had been recently pitching out of the bullpen in Triple-A, which could limit his pitch count further than the mid-80s he tossed prior. Wednesday's starter, Hyun-Jin Ryu (elbow), was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, leading to Bud Norris being bumped up and the youngster's insertion (possibly temporarily) into the rotation for Thursday's start. Given the team's attempt to limit his innings, it's possible Urias' stay with the big league club will be a short one.
Urias will pitch out of the bullpen for Triple-A Oklahoma City, MLB.com reports.
The Dodgers will begin the process of shortening Urias up in preparation for a role in the major league bullpen at some point in the second half. Manager Dave Roberts said the organization wants Urias to learn a quicker warmup in the minors and not try that conversion in the big leagues, and he added that Urias will not pitch on back-to-back days initially. With 77.1 innings under his belt this year, the 19-year-old lefty is just three frames short of his 2015 innings total.
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