The Dodgers bullpen received a boost with Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling but their biggest boost might be the return of Julio Urias.
The Dodgers announced that the next start for Julio Urias will be made with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers this week. Urias last pitched on Friday and allowed one run on three hits in an inning and a third. While the line is nothing special, the fact that Urias touched 95 miles per hour in Friday’s start is very encouraging news. Urias pitched most of the night around 92-93 miles per hour which was his normal range prior to his injury.
It is anticipated that Urias will make one three-inning start this week for the Drillers and then he could make one more rehab start with the OKC Dodgers before being activated. This would put Urias right in line for a September return which would give him one month to work his way onto a possible playoff roster should the Dodgers qualify for the postseason. Urias has been out since May of last season.
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