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Julio Urías activated off injured list to start opener vs. Padres

Dodgers LHP missed one start with left calf contusion

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Diego Padres Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images

As expected, the Dodgers activated Julio Urías off the injured list on the first day he was eligible to return, just in time to start the series opener against the Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego.

Urías ended up missing only one start while sidelined with a left calf contusion, suffered on a hit by pitch on his back leg while batting against the Phillies on August 13 in Philadelphia. In that start 11 days ago, Urías pitched five scoreless innings, one of 13 starts this season (out of 24) in which he allowed two or fewer runs.

Julio Urías innings totals

Year MLB Minors Postseason Total
Year MLB Minors Postseason Total
2016 77.0 45.0 5.7 127.7
2017 23.3 31.3 54.7
2018 4.0 11.7 6.3 22.0
2019 79.7 2.0 3.7 85.3
2020 55.0 23.0 78.0
2021 139.7 139.7

He threw a simulated game in between starts last Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

Urías has only faced the Padres once this season, allowing six runs, including two home runs, in four innings on June 21 in San Diego, the only time this season he’s pitched under five innings.

Already at a career high with 139⅔ innings, Urías has a good chance this season to surpass his innings total from 2018-20 combined (185⅓), counting the majors, minors, and postseason.

Neftalí Féliz was designated for assignment to make room on the active roster for Urías, though also opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for when the Dodgers activate reliever Joe Kelly off the injured list.

Féliz pitched a scoreless inning on Sunday in his only game with the Dodgers this season. He also allowed four runs in one inning over two games with the Phillies earlier in the year. The 33-year-old right-hander had a 3.38 ERA in 13 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, with 29 strikeouts and seven walks in 18⅔ innings.