If it’s felt like it’s been a little while since an IL move, well it has… at least for these Dodgers. Today the club announced that left-handed pitcher Julio Urias was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left calf contusion. In a corresponding move, utility man Zach McKinstry was recalled from the taxi squad.
The Dodgers recalled IF/OF Zach McKinstry and placed LHP Julio Urías on the injured list with a left calf contusion.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 14, 2021
This marks the first injury-related roster move in 3 whole days, which feels like a record in 2021. Moreover, this is the first time Urias has been placed on the IL this season.
In a bubble, there’s a positive outlook to Julio seeing some time on the sidelines. The now 25-year-old has already shattered his previous career-high in innings pitched for a season with 138.2 this year. He tossed 79.2 innings back in 2019 as a swingman for the pitching staff.
Mixing in this break — which the team hopes has the lefty miss one start, could pay huge dividends deep into the postseason, particularly with the status of Clayton Kershaw somewhat up in the air.
For Zach McKinstry, he opened the season on the active roster for LA, ultimately missed more than a month with an oblique injury, and subsequently struggled in his return from the IL. The infielder/outfielder was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on August 1st where he collected just 2 hits in 17 at-bats. In 58 games with the big league club this season, Zach has a .217/.265/.408 triple slash line with 7 home runs and 29 runs batted in.
He re-joins the bench which also welcomes back Justin Turner, who is available for pinch hitting duty tonight in New York.