Julio Urias was supposed to throw off a mound in Tampa Bay either on Friday or Saturday. That didn’t happen. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed that Urias felt something in his injured left hamstring while throwing long toss on Friday and that will change the timeline of his return a bit.
MLB.com’s Juan Toribio was among those to report on the update. Roberts wouldn’t outright say it, but yes, Julio will now not be coming off the IL after his 15 day stint is up.
#Dodgers manager Dave Roberts all but rules out Julio Urías returning next weekend against the Yankees. He was supposed to throw a bullpen session today, but that was pushed back to Tuesday because the left-hander felt some discomfort yesterday.— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) May 27, 2023
“Yesterday he tried to kind of add a little bit of intensity and felt a little bit of soreness. So today he kind of stepped on it, felt good coming out of it. I’m probably going to digress a little bit and kind of the expectation for next week. You know, to get him out there to do a simulated game to face hitters would be the next possible checkmark after the bullpen which is going to probably happen Tuesday. So I think it’s safe to say that we’re just going to make sure that he’s 100% ready before he takes the mound again.”Via SNLA
That’s a lot of Dave talk that means Julio’s bullpen session has been pushed back to Tuesday in LA so his hamstring has a few more days to get right. Beyond that, the manager isn’t ready to put a timeline on a return date. In a best case scenario, Urias could be activated during the next road trip in Cincinnati or Philadelphia.
The added break might not be a bad thing for the left-hander. So far this season has been a bit of a struggle for Julio. He’s gone 5-4 with a 4.39 ERA, his worst since 2017. Roberts confirmed Bobby Miller will remain in the rotation while Urias is sidelined meaning the rookie will get a start against the New York Yankees at Dodger Stadium next weekend. Miller was exceptional in his MLB debut last week, allowing 1 run over 5 innings against the Braves.