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Julio Urias could give Dodgers bullpen a boost

Julio Urias could give Dodgers bullpen a boost

Julio Urias could visit Dodger Stadium next week to take part in a simulated game as the Dodgers prepare him for a role as a potentially dynamic reliever in the second half of 2018.

Urias, a 21-year-old left-hander, has begun facing hitters at the team’s complex at Camelback Ranch as he returns from surgery to repair the anterior capsule in his shoulder. Urias has not pitched in a big-league game since May 20, 2017, and the organization doesn’t think there’s enough time this season to build him up as a starter.

But he can relieve.

“To get him back in a short stint, that’s something that we feel comfortable we can bet on,” manager Dave Roberts said before Friday’s game...

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