Dodgers Could Follow Sixth Starter Trend This Year

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Julio Urias
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Julio Urias /
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If Urias 2017 season did not end prematurely due to a shoulder injury, we would likely be talking about Ryu as the veteran in camp who would have undoubtedly fill the sixth starter role, while Urias would have at least been slotted as the fifth starter.  Now, entering the back-end of his rehab, Urias is not expected to play a key role for the Dodgers till the middle of the season.  He will need some extended spring training time, as well as a complete minor league rehab assignment.  When he does, return, the Dodgers will likely ease him back to a starting role.  What better way then to slot him in as the sixth starter.  Urias is still only 21 years old, and barring any injury setback, will be one of the most talented young arms in the game.  He will help the Dodgers win some key ballgames down the stretch.