Urias was confirmed as the Dodgers' fourth starter by manager Dave Roberts on Monday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. While Urias will open the year in the rotation, it remains to be seen how long he'll stay there. He threw just 85.1 innings last season (including the playoffs) and just 22 and 54.2 in the two previous campaigns. The Dodgers have the rotation depth necessary to manage Urias' workload carefully, though it's safe to expect quality innings, even if the quantity is restricted. In 184 career innings at the major-league level, the young lefty owns a 3.18 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP and a 24.1 percent strikeout rate.
Urias pitched two-thirds of an inning against Cincinnati on Monday, allowing two unearned runs on a hit and a walk while striking out one. Though the unearned runs charged to Urias were partly a result of Justin Turner's fielding error leading off the inning, the southpaw nonetheless struggled in his first Cactus League appearance of the season. That shouldn't put his status at risk, however, as manager Dave Roberts has already confirmed Urias' place in the rotation to begin the campaign.
Urias will make his first spring training appearance on the mound Monday against the Reds, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Manager Dave Robers recently confirmed that Urias will begin the season in the starting rotation. The young left-hander finished the 2019 season with a 2.49 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 85:27 K:BB across 79.2 innings (eights starts). Urias' road splits last year featured a 1.86 ERA, making it clear that the 23-year-old isn't afraid of the big moment and should fit nicely toward the bottom of a star-studded Dodgers pitching staff.
Urias is expected to begin the season as one of the Dodgers' starting pitchers, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. Urias has been shuffled between the bullpen and the starting rotation over his career, but manager Dave Roberts confirmed Saturday that the 23-year-old will begin the season in the starting rotation. The southpaw posted a 2.49 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 37 appearances (eight starts) in 2019.
Urias will not be restricted this season, Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider reports. Urias has bounced between the bullpen and the starting rotation throughout his major-league career as he has dealt with both injuries and age-related innings limits. After compiling a 2.49 ERA in 79.2 frames last season, he has a legitimate chance to begin the campaign as one of the Dodgers' five starting pitchers. Though that may seem like a long time coming, Urias is still young by MLB standards -- he won't turn 24 until mid-August.
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