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Urias (illness) will pitch on the back fields Thursday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

Added 03/21/17 12:59 pm (EST)
He dealt with strep throat recently, but rejoined the team Monday and will get back to work later this week. Urias is expected to start the season at extended spring training, as the Dodgers want him to be able to pitch into the postseason, and will therefore have to find a way to limit his innings early on. Even so, he has as much per-inning upside as any young pitcher in the game, with the exception of Noah Syndergaard, and should therefore be stashed in almost all formats.
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Urias is back at Dodgers camp on Monday after being sent home with strep throat, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Added 03/20/17 11:58 am (EST)
Urias isn't 100 percent yet, but he seems to be feeling well enough to return to camp, which is good news. He won't make his scheduled minor league start on Tuesday, but the 20-year-old is hoping he can throw a bullpen instead. Urias will be worth keeping an eye on in the coming weeks, as he is fighting for a spot on the big league roster to start the season.
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Urias has been sent home from Dodgers' camp with strep throat, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

Added 03/19/17 1:29 pm (EST)
Urias was scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Tuesday, but may be forced to miss that start due to his illness. His return date to big league camp is yet to be determined.
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Urias might be sent down to Triple-A Oklahoma City for the beginning of the season in an effort to keep his inning count low, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

Added 03/12/17 1:48 pm (EST)
Manager Dave Roberts said that they don't want to utilize the top prospect out of the bullpen, according to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, which would mean stashing him on the bench if they wanted to limit his starts at any point during the season. The Dodgers see this as the best alternative at this point so that they can have Urias available at the end of the season and hypothetically the postseason. Los Angeles has a plethora of arms competing for the final couple rotation spots (Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Scott Kazmir), optioning Urias back to the minors would allow them to keep more of the veterans on the roster at first while giving their youngster a bit more time to develop against advanced hitters. This decision certainly isn't final, but it's worth keeping an eye on over the next few weeks.
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Urias made his Cactus League debut Tuesday, seeing one inning of work while giving up one run and striking out two in a 14-3 win over Colorado.

Added 03/01/17 6:14 pm (EST)
Despite allowing a run, Urias looked sharp, throwing 11 of his 14 pitches for strikes Tuesday. He went on to throw more pitches in the bullpen after being removed from the game to bring his pitch count up the roughly what would be expected in two innings. The Dodgers will likely space his starts and innings during spring training in order to limit the workload on their prized young arm. Urias hasn't officially been named the team's fourth starter, but there is a strong chance he can make the 25-man roster if he continues to pitch well this spring.
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Urias will appear in a major league spring training game next week, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Added 02/24/17 12:59 pm (EST)
The Dodgers will continue to bring the 20-year-old along slowly as they manage his workload. In 77 big-league innings last year, the wunderkind rattled off a 3.39 ERA with 9.82 K/9 and 3.62 BB/9. Expect the control to improve with another year of refinement, and even if he doesn't pitch for a full season, he's one of the more talented late-round arms to target in mixed drafts.
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Urias will pitch two simulated innings with live batting practice Thursday against Chase Utley, Corey Seager, Joc Pederson and Justin Turner, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.

Added 02/23/17 10:20 am (EST)
That's not a bad group of opponents to help the lefty get tuned up. Los Angeles likely wants to manage the 20-year-old's innings this season, but the timing of that remains up in the air. Urias will log some Cactus League games, so perhaps the Dodgers will have him skip some starts during the year. Despite the concerns that he may only register 150 to 160 frames, Urias deserves consideration late in mixed drafts. He oozes upside, even in a limited campaign.
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Urias is scheduled to pitch in Cactus League games, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Added 02/15/17 3:43 pm (EST)
Manager Dave Roberts said the 20-year-old Urias enters spring training "just like any starter." There has been a lot of talk about the Dodgers starting Urias at extended spring training to begin the season to help ensure his availability later in the year, but Roberts said the team has not yet decided whether Urias will go to extended spring training. Even if Urias is held back to begin the campaign, he should be available for 150-160 innings during the course of the regular season, with most (if not all) coming at the major league level.
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Julio Urias could start the season in extended spring training.

Added 01/25/17 3:09 pm (EST)   Source
No worries here of an injury, it's just simply an idea to limit Urias's innings for the season. With the Dodgers usually being a team, they'd rather have their young superstar arm fully healthy when it comes time for playoffs. Urias finished the 2016 season with a 3.39 ERA over 77 innings.
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Julio Urías starts Game 4 on Wednesday.

Added 10/17/16 7:50 pm (EST)   Source
Urías has been one of the Dodgers best pitchers since the All-Star break, as he has pitched to a 5-0 record with a 1.90 ERA. He may be inexperienced and features limited stamina, however his stuff is electric. Expect a good outing from the youngster in Game 4.
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