Urias hit three homers for Triple-A El Paso on Sunday and has six in his last four games.
Urias has done very little with his major-league opportunities this season, going 2-for-24 at the plate, but he's hit .391/.462/.978 with seven homers in 10 Triple-A games. With big-league second baseman Ian Kinsler struggling to a .139/.218/.253 line, it's possible Urias could be getting another opportunity again sometime soon.
Urias has been optioned to Triple-A El Paso, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Urias struggled during spring training and out of the gate to start the season, so the Padres will option him to Triple-A in the hopes that regular at-bats will help him get on track at the dish, per Cassavell. He had just two hits in 24 at-bats with the big club this season before this move. In a corresponding move, Manuel Margot has been activated from the paternity list.
Urias is starting at second base and will bat eighth Friday against Arizona.
Urias went 1-for-3 with a double in Thursday's series opener, and he'll get another shot to start with Luke Weaver slated to pitch for the opposition. Ian Kinsler will head to the bench as a result.
Urias will be recalled from Triple-A El Paso, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
Franchy Cordero (elbow) is headed to the injured list, opening up a spot on the active roster for Urias. The 21-year-old was expected to open the season with the big club but was sent to the minors shortly before the season in a surprise move. Through four games with El Paso, Urias is slashing .333/.400/.556 with a homer and a stolen base (18 at-bats). He'll likely fill a reserve infield role during his time with the Padres, though Urias could push for playing time at the keystone if Ian Kinsler continues to struggle.
Urias will reportedly begin the 2019 season at Triple-A El Paso, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
The Padres are electing to have top prospect Fernando Tatis open the season in the majors, making Urias the odd man out. The team has been weighing its options heavily all spring, but until this point Tatis was still expected to start in the minors before likely being promoted midseason. Unfortunately for Urias, the offseason acquisitions of Manny Machado and Ian Kinsler leave no additional room in the infield. Urias remains one of the Padres' top prospects, but the team likely doesn't want him in the majors if he isn't going to see the bulk of the playing time.
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