Julio Urias Update on Aug 12, 2017
All the good stuff that happened to Julio Urias happened in 2016. In 2017 he didn’t make the opening day roster, he didn’t pitch that well in AAA, he came up and didn’t pitch that well for the Dodgers, was sent back to AAA, and blew out his arm resulting in surgery for a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.
Speaking for the first time since the surgery, Urias said he had trouble processing the reality that his career would be set back so significantly.
“I had a lot of emotions,” Urias said through interpreter Jesus Quinonez. “You feel sadness. You feel angry. Everything goes to your head. You think about your career, everything you’ve done to get to that point.
“I tried to get out of that stage as fast as I could. Now I feel very motivated and ready for everything.”
Manager Dave Roberts said he sensed from conversation that Urias had recently adjusted his perspective.
“He had clarity,” Roberts said. “And, in recent weeks, he hadn’t really had that.”
Urias is the reason I started blogging again, I didn’t want to miss writing about the career of the teenager. Everything fell into place in 2016 as he gave me plenty to write about. I expected the same in 2017 but on a more grander scale. I felt he would be the second best starter on the team by this time but baseball being baseball put on the brakes.
Now we have to wait another year before we can write about Julio again. He’ll be old news by then. It was quite the story when he was 16, 17, and 18 doing what he was doing in the minor leagues. At 19 and 20 he had the greatest year ever for a LAD pitcher who started the year as a teenager.
Next time he toes a mound in a professional game he’ll be 22. Not so exciting anymore, but hopefully he gets his career back on track and makes us remember once again why we all gathered at the bar in Hollywood to watch his major league debut at the age of 19.