Dodgers left-hander Julio Urías has been taken off the injured list and will start Game 1 of a three-game series against the San Diego Padres and right-hander Pierce Johnson at Petco Park on Tuesday night.
To make room on the 26-man roster for Urias, veteran reliever Neftali Feliz, who made his Dodgers debut with an eighth inning in Sunday’s 7-2 loss to the New York Mets, been designated for assignment.
Urias last pitched against the Mets on Aug. 13, allowing two hits, striking out five and walking two in five scoreless innings of a 6-5, 10 innings win at Citi Field. But he was hit with a left calf throw as he lined up for cushioning in the fourth inning and was placed on the injured list with a calf bruise.
Urias, 25, is 13-3 with a 3.29 ERA in 24 starts this season, striking out 149 and walking 30 in 139 2/3 innings, exceeding his workload by 79 2/3 innings in 2019 by 60 innings. The Dodgers had been hoping to give Urias a break at one point, and the calf bruise opened the door for a break.
The Padres embark on their second consecutive “bullpen game” and their fourth in the last eight games. They’ve won seven of 10 games against the Dodgers this season, including a three-game sweep in San Diego on June 21 and 23, but a lot has changed in the two months since the Interstate rivals last met. -5.
The defending World Series champions Dodgers erupted in late July, winning 16 of 20 games to move to 78-47 and stay within striking distance in the National League West, 2 ½ games behind the San Francisco Giants with 37 matches to play.
The Padres were 4.5 games back on July 23, but have lost 16 of their next 26 games, including a current two-week dive in which they have lost nine of 11 – seven to modest Miami, Arizona and Colorado. – to fall to 68-58, 13 games behind the Giants and one game behind Cincinnati for second wild card.
“They got the best of us,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “It’s a good ball club there, and we seem to bring out the best out of it. We would all like to redeem ourselves and beat these guys.
RANGE OF DODGERS: 2B Trea Turner, 1B Max Muncy, 3B Justin Turner, C Will Smith, SS Corey Seager, RF Chris Taylor, LF AJ Pollock, CF Cody Bellinger, LHP Julio Urias.
RANGE OF PADRES: LF Tommy Pham, CF Fernando Tatis Jr., 3B Manny Machado, SS Jake Cronenworth, C Austin Nola, 1B Eric Hosmer, RF Wil Myers, 2B Ha-Seong Kim, RHP Pierce Johnson.