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Dodgers option pitcher Julio Urias to triple-A Oklahoma City

Dodgers option pitcher Julio Urias to triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers built their pitching depth by collecting players with a history of injuries. Did those health concerns prevent the team from properly preparing Julio Urias for this season?

The Dodgers demoted Urias to triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday, hours after he failed to survive the third inning of his latest start.

He is 0-2 with a 5.40 earned-run average in five starts, and he has walked more batters (14) than he has struck out (11). Of the last 36 batters he has faced, he has given up 14 hits and struck out one.

The Dodgers deferred Urias’ start to the season, conserving his pitches to protect his precocious 20-year-old arm. But, because they did not know how many of...

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