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Dodgers Rehabbing Julio Urias to Pitch Out of the Bullpen



Manager Dave Roberts announced that pitcher Julio Urias plans to pitch out of the bullpen upon his return from the disabled list. Urias has been out all year, recovering from shoulder surgery.

The 21-year-old southpaw made five starts for the Dodgers last season, going 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA. He threw two simulated games in Arizona last week in his recovery process.

The Dodgers plan to have Urias throw live batting practice before making a rehab assignment in the minor league. His limit of 45 pitches will put him in position to become a long reliever in the Dodgers bullpen.

Urias made three appearances out of the Dodgers bullpen in 2016, posting a 4.70 ERA in 7.2 innings.

Analysis

Los Angeles remains in dire need of bullpen help. While the front office will continue to inquire on relievers on the market, they have viable option from within their organization. Urias, along with Pedro Baez, Tony Cingrani and Josh Fields, are progressing from injuries as they look to return to the bullpen in August.

The Dodgers still see Urias as a starter in the longterm, but are moving him to the bullpen based on the team’s need. With the high 90s fastball and his devastating curveball, Urias has the stuff to thrive as a reliever.

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Written by Arthur Cribbs

Arthur Cribbs is a journalism student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is a lifelong Dodgers fan and when he is not at school, he resides in Los Angeles.

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