GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers made their first roster cuts of spring training, sending four non-roster pitchers to the other side of Camelback Ranch. Julio Urias, Chris Anderson, Ryan Buchter and Josh Ravin were all reassigned on Saturday to minor league camp, which opened in earnest on Saturday with the first full squad minor league workout.
The moves were hinted at earlier in the week, with manager Don Mattingly lamenting the demand for innings with so many pitchers in camp.
"The guys we sent out today have all had good camps in our eyes," Mattingly said. "But we had to get our numbers down. Really more than anything, there are no innings left for those guys."
Urias, 18, had trouble with command in both of his Cactus League appearances, walking three and throwing a wild pitch in one appearance, then allowing hits to three of his four batters faced his next time out. Earlier in camp, both Mattingly and general manager Farhan Zaidi have said they don't expect Urias to pitch in the majors this season.
"With our guys you want to give them the best chance to develop, so that when they do come it's not back and forth," Mattingly said. "Everybody really has high hopes for him, and nobody wants to see him rushed."
Anderson, the club's first-round pick in 2013, allowed one run in three innings in his two Cactus League appearances this spring.
Buchter, 28, had a 3.02 ERA in the last two years combined for Triple-A Gwinnett in the Braves' system, and 166 strikeouts in 125 innings, but he also had 91 walks, an eye-popping 20.4-percent walk rate during that span. He struck out three in three innings in his three Cactus League appearances, allowing one run.
Ravin, 27, has battled injuries and control problems the last few years, with a 14.6-percent career minor league walk rate. Ravin has been clocked at over 100 mph in the past, and in camp retired all eight batters he faced, including four strikeouts.
Earlier in camp, Ravin said he new the major league roster was fluid and that even if he didn't make the opening day roster he wanted to impress enough in camp to get the call at some point.
"We don't throw for April and May, we play for September and October, and that's when I want to be a part of the team," Ravin said.
With the moves, the Dodgers have 58 players remaining in camp, including 31 pitchers, and 16 non-roster invitees.