Julio Urias’ time with Dodgers might be short, as in two more starts

Julio Urias works from the stretch during a start against the Mets on May 27.
Julio Urias works from the stretch during a start against the Mets on May 27.
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The first Julio Urias Era at Dodger Stadium is rapidly coming to a close.

Urias is scheduled to make two more starts for the Dodgers, Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers and Wednesday against the Washington Nationals, Manager Dave Roberts said.

“We’ll go from there,” Roberts said.

He added: “I don’t see him going from starter to our bullpen.”

That points to Urias, 19, getting a midseason break to conserve his innings, similar to what the Dodgers have done this season with fellow youngsters Jharel Cotton, Jose De Leon and Ross Stripling.

Urias threw 80 innings last season. He has thrown 58 this season between the major leagues and triple-A; it is unlikely the Dodgers would want him to throw another 58.

Brandon McCarthy pitched three innings in a minor league rehabilitation appearance Thursday night and Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled for four innings Friday. Either could be a candidate to replace Urias in the rotation, as could Frankie Montas, who has a 2.25 earned-run average in seven minor league appearances, with three walks and 22 strikeouts in 16 innings.

Urias, ranked as baseball’s best pitching prospect by Baseball America, is 0-2 with a 5.82 ERA in four starts for the Dodgers. He has walked seven and struck out 21 in 17 innings.


One to go

Kenley Jansen’s next save will be his 162nd, breaking a tie with Eric Gagne for the most in franchise history.

Roberts played for the Dodgers from 2002-04, when Gagne converted a record 84 consecutive save opportunities and won the 2003 National League Cy Young award.

“Gagne is more intense,” Roberts said. “The one common thing is the game is essentially over when they take the mound.”

Jansen takes the mound to “California Love.” Gagne entered to “Welcome to the Jungle,” with video boards flashing “GAME OVER” to accompany the closer with the goatee, dirty cap and baggy pants.

“Gagne was almost like a cartoon character,” Roberts said.

Sign ‘em up

The Dodgers agreed on a $2.317 million bonus for their top draft pick, Wisconsin high school shortstop Gavin Lux. The figure is $700 above the $2,316,300 slot value for the 20th pick. The team made no announcement because Lux has yet to complete his physical examination, but Lux tweeted a picture of himself signing a contract with the caption: “Officially a Dodger!”

The team did announce the signings of eight picks, including 14th-rounder Dean Kremer, a pitcher from UNLV. Kremer last year became the first Israeli citizen to be selected in the baseball draft — he is a dual citizen — but did not sign.

Short hops

Chris Hatcher, who opened last season as the Dodgers’ closer and this season as an eighth-inning guy, is now the long reliever. Hatcher had not appeared in nine days before Thursday night and had a 5.55 ERA. He has pitched three innings once in 155 major league appearances, but Roberts said the Dodgers can live with two innings from their long man because they carry eight relievers on the roster. “We do it by the sum,” Roberts said. … Kenta Maeda is expected to start as scheduled Monday, Roberts said. Maeda had to be helped off the field after he was hit below the right knee by a line drive in his last start. … Will Venable became the fifth Dodger to start in right field, following Yasiel Puig, Enrique Hernandez, Trayce Thompson and Scott Van Slyke. Puig is on a rehabilitation assignment and could rejoin the Dodgers on Monday, so Venable’s stay could be short. “This is an incredible opportunity,” he said, “whether it’s for two days or whatever it turns into.”

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