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Dodgers notes: Julio Urías starts opening day, James Outman, roster urgency

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MLB: Spring Training-Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The penultimate day in Arizona this spring training for the Dodgers was a busy one, with not only Julio Urías officially tabbed as the opening day starter on March 30, but also the full rotation order to start the season, including Clayton Kershaw starting Saturday, April 1 to ensure the left-handers in the rotation don’t pitch back to back.

In addition, the roster was essentially finalized, if not yet officially, with Ryan Pepiot winning the fifth starter spot, and Andre Jackson capturing the final bullpen spot.

“He’s earned it,” manager Dave Roberts said of Urías making his first career opening day start, per Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times. “He’s checked a lot of boxes and this is one of the last for him; something that from his teammates to all of us, we’re excited for him to have this opportunity.”

As far as what happens at the end of the 2023 season, Urías deflected any talk about his pending free agency, referring instead to Scott Boras, his representative. From Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register:

“I have an agent. He does his job, and I’m happy to have him by my side, happy to have an agent who I know will do what he can for me. He’s available for whatever, to answer the calls, answer everything,” Urias said.

“My focus is on the day-to-day, on trying to get ready for Arizona and for Opening Day. They have a good lineup that’s difficult (to face), but I’ll try to do the scouting necessary to focus on them. All the decisions that have to do with contracts, my agent is open for whatever.”