It’s been a long road for Dodgers’ left-hander Julio Urias. The 23-year-old flamethrower out of Culiacan has experienced major shoulder surgeries, innings limits, and off the field trouble over the course of the past three years. And finally, the kid is ready to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.
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Alanna Rizzo got the chance to interview Urias on Friday with the assistance of an interpreter, and he is very excited about what is ahead. When asked what it was like to start the year without any innings limits anticipated, he was elated.
I’m motivated. It’s been a while since I’ve had this opportunity, I’ve been waiting for this moment because I’m healthy and I’m ready to take advnatage of that opportunity.
Julio has been in and out of the starting rotation for his entire big league career. Over four years, he has appeared in 28 games as a starter and 35 as a reliever. While Urias has been really effective in a relief role, he is excited to get the chance to show what he can do.
With the conversations I’ve had with the front office they let me know what they think. I see a lot of talent around here but I’m excited to be able to go out there and show what I can do.
And boy is he right, the Dodgers are loaded with young, exciting pitching talent. Los Angeles already has Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin who could both potentially be in the mix for starting jobs. They also have plenty of veteran talent, including the newly acquired Jimmy Nelson and Alex Wood. It’s going to be a tight battle for the last two spots in the starting rotation.
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On the subject of health, Alanna pointed out that the coaching staff was quite impressed with Julio’s physique heading into the start of Spring Camp. After joking that he got it by eating tacos, he broke down his offseason and how he got to his current state.
There’s a lot of talent in this room, and it’s an opportunity to show what you’re doing in the offseason and showing that you really care. You look around and see the veterans and how they go about things, and it’s an exciting time when you think that you can go out and compete with them.
Depth is the name of the game, and if Julio Urias is going to be in the starting rotation for the Dodgers, he’s going to have to show he’s ready.