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Dodgers: Julio Urias Could Return As Soon As July



While essentially every bit of news in regards to Dodgers starting pitching has been bad this year, we may have some of our first good news. It appears the Dodgers could be seeing one of their most promising starters returning as early as next month.

Nearly a year ago, Urias had season-ending anterior capsule surgery on his left shoulder. It was pretty serious, as the recovery time was expected to be 12-14 months. If Urias does return next month, it’ll mark right around 13 months since we last saw him pitch.

In 2016, the young phenom started 15 games. He went 5-2, posting an impressive 3.38 ERA, while averaging nearly 10 strikeouts per nine innings. More impressively, he did it as a 19 year-old. He wasn’t the same in 2017. Though he appeared in five games, his numbers weren’t that impressive. He was 0-2, with a 5.40 ERA, averaging only 4.2 strikeouts per nine innings.

Analysis

Urias has been one of the more coveted prospects in recent memory. Still at the young age of 21, the future is still very bright for him. Hopefully he’ll be able to make his return next month for the boys in blue. I know Dodgers fans all over are anxious to see the young phenom throw again. It’ll especially be exciting to see him paired with Walker Buehler, the other young phenom starter for the Dodgers. With a player of Urias’ caliber, it’s important the Dodgers don’t rush him back. With plenty of time left in the season, it’s essential to make sure he’s 100 percent ready before sending him back out to the mound.

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Written by Blake Harris

Blake is currently studying sports journalism at Arizona State University. He covers both the basketball and baseball teams, while hosting a weekly baseball show on the school's radio program. In his spare time, he edits highlight videos for collegiate and professional athletes. He currently has over 125,000 subscribers and 70 million views on Youtube. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he passionately roots for the Dodgers, Clippers, and Saints.

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  1. I’m a for using this season to get Urias right. Lat him pitch in the minors, call him up if he’s ready, but don’t use him out of necessity.

    He is the future, not the present.
    Next year could be; Buehler, Wood, Stripling, Urias and Santana. And that’s not factoring in Maeda and an occasional Kershaw

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