Julio Urias will stretch as a starter during the suspension.
The Los Angeles Dodgers recently lost one of their best pitchers in the coming weeks when MLB announced that Julio Urias was suspended 20 games for violating the domestic violence policy.
Urias accepted the suspension without appeal and expressed remorse. Because he lost five games after the incident while on administrative leave, he only had 15 games left.
He is currently back at Camelback Ranch working before being eligible to begin a rehabilitation task on August 27.
When I return to the Dodgers, I may have a different role. The left-hander started the 2019 season as a starter, but spent most of the time in the bullpen due to a ticket restriction imposed by the organization in its first full season after shoulder surgery.
As it stands today, the Dodgers only have three starting pitchers for the postseason, and manager Dave Roberts said the plan is to prepare Urias while he is suspended so he can be an option for the fourth starting position, through Ken Gurnick of MLB. com:
He noted that left-hander Julio Urias will prepare during his suspension to provide a start option for October. The Dodgers have several different options for that fourth starting role, with Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill, Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin, joining Urias to be considered.
May recently moved to the bullpen to take the place of Urias and Maeda became a reliever in the postseason each of the last two seasons, so it seems that the two options are Hill and Urias considering Gonsolin's inexperience. Hill has been out since mid-June with a forearm injury, but is expected to return in the coming weeks. If he has enough time to recover, then he must be considered the favorite to complete the rotation, since Urias has been dominant in the bullpen this season. However, it makes sense to build Urias in case Hill doesn't have enough time to do it himself. Regardless of who is used in what role, the Dodgers have a variety of pitchers that can not only be effective in short starts, but can also give them length.
Overall in 27 games (six starts) this season, Urias is 4-3 with a 2.53 ERA, and 1.09 WHIP with 67 strikeouts and 23 bases per ball in 67.2 innings. He launched a 3.55 ERA as a starter compared to 1.91 outside the bullpen.