Urias (1-1) picked up the win after allowing one hit and two walks while striking out nine over six shutout innings in Thursday's game against Milwaukee. Urias brought his best stuff to the ballpark for his final start before moving back to the bullpen, fanning a season-high nine batters. He helped himself by firing first-pitch strikes to 14 of 21 batters faced and was ultimately pulled after six strong innings with 91 pitches. With Clayton Kershaw back from the injured list, Urias will become a reliever for the foreseeable future.
Urias will start Thursday's series opener against the Brewers before moving to the bullpen, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. Hyun-Jin Ryu (groin) was cleared to rejoin the starting rotation after a bullpen session Monday, but Urias will make one final start rather than immediately move to the bullpen. The 22-year-old got knocked around in his start against Milwaukee last week, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits across five innings.
Urias (0-1) was charged with six runs (five earned) on six hits over five innings in a loss to the Brewers on Friday night. He struck out four and walked one. The lefty needed 31 pitches to get through the first inning and gave up a pair of homers in subsequent frames, including one to former teammate Yasmani Grandal. Urias has now given up eight runs over 8.2 innings in his last two starts since making his layup against the Giants in his first outing of the season. The expectation is that Urias will head to the bullpen in the near future, potentially as soon as next weekend after a rematch against these same Brewers, if one of Hyun-Jin Ryu (groin) or Rich Hill (knee) proves ready for the next turn through.
Urias is expected to remain in the rotation for two more starts with Hyun-Jin Ryu on the injured list due to a groin strain, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. Urias had been originally expected to make just one more start Friday against the Brewers, with Clayton Kershaw nearing a return from his shoulder injury. Urias will now be needed to take Ryu's spot in the rotation for at least one more turn once Kershaw returns, though Ryu's absence doesn't seem likely to be a long one, so Urias could head to the bullpen after that start.
Urias yielded three runs on four hits and four walks in 3.2 innings in the Dodgers' win Sunday over the Rockies. He struck out two and took the no-decision. The 22-year-old southpaw gave up all three runs in an ugly third inning. Along with the four walks, Urias threw just 44 of 74 pitches for strikes Sunday while his lack of command got the best of him. Fortunately, his offense stayed red-hot and gave him plenty of run support. He'll carry a 3.12 ERA into his home start against the Brewers on Friday, which figures to be his final outing before Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) replaces him in the rotation, per Pedro Moura of The Athletic.