Dodgers extend Julio Urias' stay by one more start

Urias looking to turn it up against Nationals (1:45)

The Baseball Tonight crew previews Wednesday's matchup between the Nationals and Dodgers, with Joe Ross taking the mound for Washington against Los Angeles' Julio Urias, 10:10 p.m. ET on ESPN. (1:45)

LOS ANGELES -- Do not buy that parting gift for Julio Urias just yet. The Los Angeles Dodgers just added more days to his stay with the big club.

The 19-year-old, who is scheduled to pitch Wednesday against the Washington Nationals and then have his status reevaluated, is getting at least one more start in the big leagues.

"He's going to keep going," manager Dave Roberts said. "I think he's earned the right to keep going, and we're looking forward to that start tomorrow, and we'll make the next one after that."

The Dodgers' desire to keep the innings count low for Urias has been well-documented. His combined major league and minor league innings count is 63 and rising fast after the first five starts of his big league career.

The most innings Urias has delivered as a professional were the 87 2/3 as a 17-year-old in 2014 at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. He had 80 1/3 innings over four different levels in the Dodgers' system last year.

The Dodgers have not said what Urias' innings limit will be this season, but it isn't likely he will be allowed to go too much past the 100 mark.

After his start Wednesday against the Nationals, it is uncertain what day he will make his next outing. If the Dodgers find a spot starter for Friday at Pittsburgh, Urias will have his next outing on Tuesday at Milwaukee. If the Dodgers use Thursday's off day to keep their pitchers on regular rest, Urias will pitch Monday at Pittsburgh.

Urias has improved in each of his five starts in the major leagues. On Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers, he delivered eight strikeouts with five scoreless innings, the first scoreless outing of his young career.

While Urias has done well to earn another start, the recent demotion of starter Mike Bolsinger played a factor.

"That's a variable as well, yeah," Roberts said. "And so you're looking at the depth we have, but there are guys going down, so this is as an important part of the season as any."