After a lot of movement at the end of Spring Training, the Dodgers starting rotation is set.
This is great news for 22-year-old, Julio Urias.
Dodgers manager, Dave Roberts announced earlier this week that Urias would likely be pitching out of the bullpen. The news came when he was scratched as the starter against the Cubs on Mar. 20.
Roberts told me that in order for Urias to make the team, it has to be out of the pen. In order to give him best chance of success in that role, they want him coming out of pen rest of spring. That’s why he’s not starting tonight, as originally scheduled. He’ll pitch in relief.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) March 21, 2019
Three days later, his role reverted back to starting pitcher with the injury of the left-hander Rich Hill.
If everything goes as planned, Urias will get the nod in the series opener against the Giants on Apr. 1.
Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill were favorites to start on Opening Day, but will instead start the season on the injured list.
Kershaw experienced shoulder inflammation at the start of Spring Training and has been gradually working his way back to health.
Hill makes his way onto the IL with a left knee medial collateral strain. He will likely miss a few weeks.