The plan was for Julio Urias to be here. He’s not.
Instead of preparing to start Thursday for the Dodgers, Urias is scheduled to make his next appearance for the organization’s triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City.
This could be a simple case of a 20-year-old prospect requiring a short break from major league competition to refine his delivery.
There’s another possibility and it’s far more disconcerting: The Dodgers are messing up a potential franchise cornerstone.
Watching Urias labor through his two most recent starts, it was impossible not to wonder if the purported geniuses in the front office were overthinking when mapping out his season.