LOS ANGELES -- It was one and done for Julio Urias, who was optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City one day after making his major league debut on Friday night against the Mets. The other move hasn't been announced yet, but the beat reporters in New York reported that reliever Casey Fien is listed on the lineup card.
More on Fien later, once it is announced.
Urias had trouble with command on Friday night, throwing 81 pitches in just 2⅔ innings, the shortest start by a Dodgers pitcher this season. It is understandable that the Dodgers didn't want Urias thrown into the fire against the Cubs next week.
Any sort of transition to the bullpen for Urias, whenever it happens this season, is probably best done at the minor league level, so he can work out the kinks and adjustments while not affecting major league games.
"It's tricky in that he's not in a position to be used like most relievers are in the sense that he doesn't have the experience of getting hot and then sitting back down, then getting hot and coming into the game, or pitching in a game and coming back the next day or with one day off," Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Thursday. "All this takes getting used to, so it makes it trickier."
A report from Karla Espinoza of Fanatics Network in Mexico quoted Dave Roberts as saying (translated from Spanish), "This is only temporary because of the need to strengthen the bullpen. His appearance yesterday was good and the he will be with the team again very soon."
I can only assume this means Mike Bolsinger will start Tuesday or Wednesday against the Cubs in Chicago, though the Dodgers have not announced their rotation plans yet for next week.