LA Dodgers Place Yet Another Key Pitcher On IL

Another bad break for the Los Angeles Dodgers' pitching staff, as they've lost their presumed ace to the injured list. 

Julio Urias suffered a left hamstring strain in his last start against St. Louis on Thursday night after allowing six runs on four home runs in the third inning. That boosted his league-worst total of homers surrendered to 14. 

It originally appeared he wouldn't have to miss any time, as manager Dave Roberts said earlier on Saturday that Urias would probably be able to make his next start on Tuesday. But those plans obviously changed as the pitcher has hit the 15-day IL. 

The six-run blow-up on Thursday was Urias' second of the sort in his last six starts, and balloons his ERA to 4.39. 

Urias finished 3rd in Cy Young balloting last season with a 17-7 record, and a league-best 2.16 ERA. 

The 26-year-old becomes a free agent at the end of the season. 

He now joins fellow starters  Walker Buehler (Tommy John surgery), Dustin May (right forearm strain), and Ryan Pepiot (left oblique strain) on the injured list.

To replace Urias on the roster, the Dodgers have called up RHP Wander Suero from Triple-A Oklahoma City. He was 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 11 appearances for OKC.

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