The Dodgers have a lot of details to iron out before Opening Day rolls around. One of those details is the starting rotation, which is stacked to say the least. Julio Urías is one of those guys under consideration, and he was not happy with how his first Cactus League outing went.
A little bit of a command issue. The fastball was running. There were some balls I thought were strikes, but the umpire didn’t agree with me. I felt good, actually better than in my last live [batting practice], but it just wasn’t my day.
Urías came into the game to retire just two batters on a windy day for the Dodgers on Monday. After Freddy Galvis reached on an error, Urías issued a walk and then struck out Aquino. He allowed a base hit which brought in one run, and then a sacrifice fly for another run. Both runs were unearned.
Manager Dave Roberts did not seem too concerned with Urías’ outing. The first appearance of the spring doesn’t quite tell the whole story.
Julio’s fine. Getting him into a normal routine, he’s going to get better. We’ve just got to keep running him out there.
Urías is set to be the fourth man in a very stacked Dodgers starting rotation. Roberts named him as the fourth starter despite there being close to ten guys on the team that could be considered for the rotation.
Julio also said that he is working on a semi-windup after pitching out of the stretch last year. Urías appeared mostly out of the bullpen for the Dodgers last year. Roberts has expressed his desire to get Julio in a more consistent role, which is likely why he envisions him in the rotation if he is healthy.