In addition to selecting the contract of Gavin Lux, who is slated to make his MLB debut Monday night at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated Julio Urias from the restricted list and recalled Josh Sborz from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Urias returns after completing a 20-game suspension, with 15 games served after MLB imposed the ban for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. Urias was credited for serving five games while placed on administrative leave in May.
In June, the L.A. prosecutors office announced they would not press charges against Urias under the conditions that he participate in a City Attorney hearing, commit no acts of violence against anyone, and successfully participate in and complete a 52-week domestic violence counseling program in person, and in a group setting.
“Today I accepted a suspension from Major League Baseball and agreed not to exercise my right to appeal,” Urias said in a statement last month. “It is important to me not to create uncertainty for my teammates as we approach the playoffs. Accepting the suspension is the best path to achieve that goal. Since May, I have been fully cooperating with both law enforcement and MLB.
“Although the authorities determined no charges of any kind were warranted, I take full responsibility for what I believe was my inappropriate conduct during the incident. Even in this instance where there was no injury or history of violence, I understand and agree that Major League players should be held to a higher standard.
“I hold myself to a higher standard as well. I have taken proactive steps to help me grow as a person on and off the field, and in my relationships, including attending counseling sessions. I am deeply grateful for all the support I’ve received during this challenging time. I look forward to proving it is well deserved.”
Urias continued to work out a Camelback Ranch during his suspension and began to stretch out as a starting pitcher. He started one game for High-A Rancho Cucamonga and went two innings last week.
Urias is 4-3 with four saves, a 2.53 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 27 games (six starts) this season. His last appearance in an MLB game was Aug. 16 in a three-inning save against the Atlanta Braves.
Sborz is back with the Dodgers for a fifth time this season. He’s appeared in two games and allowed six runs on six hits over three innings. Sborz went 4-3 with a 4.68 ERA in 43 games for Oklahoma City this season.