Julio Urias, who has only been throwing off a mound for a few days, hit 88 MPH on the gun yesterday. He is set to thow a couple more bullpen sessions this week and hopes to pitch soon. The Dodgers are very encouraged. I would expect to see him pitching out of the pen this year. After hitting 88 so quickly, I would think he can find another 5 or 6 MPH as his arm gets stronger.
Walker Buehler is allegedly pain-free after throwing a bullpen session on Sunday. It sounds like he is about a week away.
Tony Cingrani is set to throw a bullpen session later this week.
Ryu still has tightness in his injured groin, but it is not deemed serious. He is just taking it slow.
With some pitchers getting healthy (Kershaw, Hill, Buehler, Urias, Cingrani) and others just geeting it right (Alexander, Hudson), things are looking up. In a week, the Dodgers may have Kershaw, Buehler, Wood, Maeda, Stripling and Hill for the rotation with Ryu and Urias not far off. A year ago, many fans wanted Brad Brach, now there are other flavors of the week. What we should want is not to trade for the guy who was hot, but rather to trade for the guy who will be hot!
I have a feeling the Home Runs are going to keep coming and the hitting is going to get incrementally better. These guys are going to be tough to beat.
Matt Kemp – All-Star Starter! What a story! From the outhouse to the penthouse!
Max Muncy makes us pine for the DH. I think it will come to the NL next season. That’s his perefect position.
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