For the third time this season, the Dodgers turned to 19-year-old left-hander Julio Urias to fill a short-term need in their starting rotation. Urias went four innings in Thursday’s 6-3 victory over the Washington Nationals after left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu went on the DL with elbow tendinitis.
Whatever plan the Dodgers had for their pitching prospect must have been written in pencil, erased and rewritten again. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he has been impressed with the way Urias has handled the uncertainty as well as being asked to make five of his nine big-league starts against first-place teams (the Cubs, Orioles, Giants and Nationals twice).
“I am,” Roberts said. “It takes a special young man to handle what has been put in front of Julio. I think that all these experiences really are going to help him. We haven’t made it easy on him but he has really responded.”