The Los Angeles Dodgers are gearing up for the 2023 postseason, but they will be facing a significant setback as they are set to navigate the playoffs without their starting pitcher, Julio Urias.
Urias finds himself on paid administrative leave as Major League Baseball (MLB) diligently conducts an investigation into allegations of domestic violence lodged against him back on September 4th. The situation took a more serious turn when Urias was arrested and subsequently posted bail. Initially, a court date was scheduled for September 27th to address the allegations, but Urias failed to make an appearance, further complicating matters.
In a recent development, Dodgers’ manager, Dave Roberts, candidly addressed the situation in a conversation with Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Roberts confirmed what many had anticipated, stating unequivocally that Julio Urias would not be making a return to the Dodgers’ roster for the remainder of this postseason.
“He’s on the restricted list,” Roberts said. “So we haven’t seen him, we haven’t heard from him. And so obviously, he’s not going to be pitching for us this year.”
Questions regarding Urias’ future with the team beyond this season naturally arose. The talented pitcher is slated to become a free agent once the current season concludes. However, teams interested in signing Urias are expected to closely monitor the resolution of his legal issues before committing to any agreements.
“And as far as what the future holds,” Roberts said, “I have no idea.”
Julio Urias had been on the cusp of inking a lucrative contract during the upcoming offseason, an enticing prospect for the 27-year-old as he entered unrestricted free agency. Nevertheless, the cloud of uncertainty surrounding his legal situation has cast a shadow over his professional future, leaving many to wonder what the impending offseason will hold for the talented pitcher.