LOS ANGELES — An inconsistent start to his season has made Julio Urias the odd man out in the Dodgers’ starting rotation at the moment, and the 20-year-old left-hander was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday.
Urias allowed seven runs while recording just seven outs in a loss Saturday night to the Marlins, and on the season has more walks (14) than strikeouts (11).
“You’ve got to get ahead of hitters to then give yourself a chance to be efficient and go deeper in games,” manager Dave Roberts said on Saturday night. “I’m not sure if it’s mechanical with him, but we’ve got to figure it out.”
Josh Ravin was recalled from Oklahoma City to give the Dodgers an extra arm in relief on Sunday, one night after using five relief pitchers to record the final 20 outs of the game.
Ravin should be good to go multiple innings if needed, having last pitched on Wednesday in Triple-A. He struck out five in two scoreless innings in that appearance, throwing 34 pitches.
Ravin has 11 strikeouts and two walks in five innings for Oklahoma City this season, allowing one run on three hits. The right-hander started the season on the disabled list with a groin strain, but was optioned to Triple-A on May 10.