Dodgers mulling Julio Urias callup
By Jon Weisman
Dave Roberts told reporters today that the Dodgers are considering bringing up 19-year-old Julio Urias, potentially to pitch out of the bullpen.
Urias is among several options the Dodgers are considering to shore up the relief corps, but could be considered the primary one.
After pitching six no-hit innings Wednesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Urias has a 1.88 ERA and 0.71 WHIP with 29 strikeouts and only three walks in 24 innings.
Urias turns 20 on August 12. In the closest recent comparison, Clayton Kershaw made his MLB debut on May 25, 2008, at age 20 years and 67 days.
Kershaw had a 1.91 ERA and 0.95 WHIP with 59 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings for Double-A Jacksonville that year. That includes a three-week period in July when he returned to the minor leagues with a 4.42 ERA in 38 2/3 innings over eight starts. Hiroki Kuroda was activated from the disabled list July 2, and he joined a Dodger rotation with Derek Lowe, Chad Billingsley, Chan Ho Park and Eric Stults.
Kershaw returned July 22, and allowed five runs and 10 hits in three innings. But he pitched six shutout innings in his next start … and you know the rest.