Urias is on the Dodgers' 25-man NLCS roster against Milwaukee, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports. Urias wasn't on the roster for the club's NLDS versus Atlanta, but will join the fold ahead of this round as a left-handed option out of the bullpen. In order to make room, Scott Alexander was left off the roster. Urias only appeared in three big-league games this season after undergoing shoulder surgery last June. In those outings, he allowed just one baserunner while striking out seven across four scoreless relief innings.
Urias fired a pair of scoreless innings while giving up a hit and striking out four in Sunday's 14-0 win over San Diego. Urias made his second relief appearance following his 2018 debut Sept. 15. Both outings came in situations where the Dodgers held double-digit leads, so it appears that the 22-year-old is being eased back into a low-leverage role after missing significant time with a shoulder injury.
Urias tossed a clean ninth inning in Saturday's rout over the Cardinals, striking out one batter and allowing no baserunners. The inning was Urias' first since the first half of the 2017 season, after he missed over a year following shoulder surgery. It's certainly a positive sign to see him having success right away, though his fantasy value will remain low for the rest of the year, as the Dodgers are likely to use him in short bursts with several days of rest between outings as he builds his arm strength back up.
Urias was recalled by the Dodgers on Monday. Urias hasn't pitched in the majors since the first half of 2017 after undergoing shoulder surgery. He's made it back in time to be an option out of the bullpen for the final few weeks of the season, though it's unclear how effective he'll be able to be. In 11.2 minor-league innings split between Triple-A Oklahoma City, High-A Rancho Cucamonga and the Dodgers' AZL affiliate, he's posted a 5.40 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP and a 19:7 K:BB. He's also regularly received multiple days of rest between his outings, so he likely won't pick up a large workload down the stretch.
Urias was promoted from High-A Rancho Cucamonga to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday. The 22-year-old, who is working his way back from June 2017 shoulder surgery, has made six appearances in the lower rungs of the minors, accruing a 4.22 ERA and 19:4 K:BB across 10.2 innings. While Urias' velocity was down notably from its pre-surgery peak in his initial outings in the minors, he seems to have progressed nicely of late, with Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles relaying that the lefty's fastball topped out around 94 miles per hour in his appearance Monday for Rancho Cucamonga. Urias will require a little more time on the farm to build up his arm after the long layoff, but he could join the Dodgers at some point in September and give the club a multi-inning weapon out of the bullpen.
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