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Dodgers: Julio Urías is on the Mend and Throwing off a Mound

Julio Urias
Feb 22, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias (7) catches a ball during spring training workouts at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Julio Urías was last seen on a major league mound on May 20, 2017, and with attention spans at an all time low in 2018, that’s putting him dangerously into forgotten meme territory, but you don’t have to take my word for it.

 

Remembering Julio

In his first 3 starts of the 2017 season, Julio was electric while pitching to a 1.06 ERA in 17 IP. Unfortunately, as his shoulder started blowing up, so did his ERA.

All told, Urías ended up tossing 23.1 innings of 5.40 ball before undergoing the knife to repair a damaged left anterior capsule.

On Tuesday, closing in on the one-year anniversary of his last MLB game, Julio took to Instagram to low-key alert the masses that his return is getting closer.

 

Analysis

Sure maybe he’s throwing at 70% effort tops, but still, we have Julio Urías in a full windup and throwing off of a mound. Yes, he’s not yet quite on the rubber, but he’s close enough, and there’s reason to be excited, especially with how 2018 has gone.

There is still hope for an extremely tentative August return for Julio, which I think couldn’t be a better birthday present for the Culiacan, Mexico born left-hander. He turns 22 on August 12.

Let’s just hope there’s something for him to play for by then.

Y seguimos, compa!

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Do you think he’ll still be effective? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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