Dodgers’ pitch­ing phe­nom sent down

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NEW YORK — Fol­low­ing a brief ma­jor league de­but, the Los Angeles Dodgers have op­tioned 19-year- old pitch­ing prospect Julio Urias back to Triple-A Ok­la­homa City.

In a cor­re­spond­ing move Satur­day, the team se­lected the con­tract of righthander Casey Fien from its top farm club.

Dodgers man­ager Dave Roberts says the team wanted an­other arm in the bullpen af­ter Urias lasted only 2 2/3 in­nings Fri­day night. Los Angeles used five re­liev­ers in a 6-5 loss to the New York Mets.

Urias, one of base­ball’s top prospects, threw 42 of 81 pitches for strikes at Citi Field in a much-an­tic­i­pated big league de­but that lasted 59 min­utes. He be­came the first teenage pitcher to start a game in the ma­jors since Seat­tle’s Felix Her­nan­dez in 2005.

The left-han­der gave up three runs, five hits and four walks while strik­ing out three. He was on the hook for a loss un­til Los Angeles ral­lied for four runs in the ninth to tie the score.

“We thought Julio threw the ball well and where he’s at and where our ’pen’s at, it was more of the fact that we need to get cov­er­age in the bullpen for the next two, three days,” Dodgers man­ager Dave Roberts said. “So he’s go­ing to go back down there and make two or three starts. We’ll see when it makes sense to get back him here, what’s best for us and as well as him.”

The 32-year- old Fien had a 5.87 ERA and one save in six games with Ok­la­homa City. He struck out nine and walked two in 7 2/3 in­nings.

He was 1- 0 with a 7.90 ERA in 14 games with the Twins this sea­son and is 17-16 with a 4.05 ERA and one save over 268 ma­jor league re­lief ap­pear­ances with Detroit and Min­nesota.

Los Angeles claimed Fien off waivers from the Twins May 7.

To make room for Fien on the 40man ros­ter, the Dodgers des­ig­nated Triple-A out­fielder James Ram­sey for as­sign­ment.


Julio Urias’s stay in the Dodgers dugout was short-lived.

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