There has been external discussion about the Dodgers calling up 19-year-old left-hander Julio Urias when rosters expand on September 1 to serve as a shutdown reliever for the final month of the 2015 regular season. But manager Don Mattingly is taking some of the gas off that particular pedal …
That could simply mean that the Dodgers are going to wait until the second week of September.
Urias, rated a top-10 prospect by Baseball America, MLB.com, and Baseball Prospectus ahead of the 2015 season, has registered a 3.21 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 80/16 K/BB ratio in 70 innings this summer between three different levels of the minor leagues. He is currently stationed with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”