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Julio Urias to open season in Dodgers' rotation
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias will start the season in the rotation, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Friday.
Urias will likely only last in the rotation until Rich Hill (knee) returns, which is expected to be by mid-April. The 22-year-old southpaw has only appeared in 27 1/3 innings over the past two seasons, so the Dodgers are going to manage his workload, but he should see starting opportunities throughout the year.
Urias owns a career 3.71 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with 102 strikeouts and 45 walks over 104 1/3 innings (26 games, 20 starts).
Cubs' Yu Darvish (blister) expects to be ready for Opening Day
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish threw a bullpen session on Friday and says he expects to be ready in time for Thursday's Opening Day.
Darvish is dealing with a blister on one of his throwing fingers, but it will reportedly be recovered enough to avoid the injured list.
Our models project Darvish for a 3.95 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP with 158 strikeouts and 60 walks in 139.7 innings.
Brewers' Jimmy Nelson bothered by sore elbow
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson felt soreness in his right elbow after pitching in a minor league game Thursday.
The Brewers don't think additional testing is necessary and expect Nelson to be ready for the start of the minor league regular season. The 29-year-old right-hander is also coming back from a shoulder injury and had a forearm ailment this spring, so there are some durability concerns. As of now, Nelson is expected to join Milwaukee's rotation in April.
numberFire's models expect Nelson to spin a 4.08 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 127 strikeouts and 45 walks across 132 1/3 innings this season.
White Sox choose Alex Colome to close
Chicago White Sox reliever Alex Colome will be the club's closer, manager Rick Renteria announced.
Colome has looked like the favorite to win the job over Kelvin Herrera for the past couple months. The 30-year-old right-hander was a winter acquisition from the Seattle Mariners.
numberFire's models expect Colome to record a 3.18 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 69 strikeouts and 20 walks while converting 15 saves over 65 innings this season.
Mets' Pete Alonso to make Opening Day roster
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso will make the Opening Day roster, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
The Mets were expected to hold Alonso in the minors a few weeks to delay his free agency by a year, but he's made that difficult this spring by slashing .352/.386/.648 with 4 home runs across 57 plate appearances. He may start the season in a utility role.
numberFire's models expect Alonso to hit .241 across 460 plate appearances with 22 taters, 64 RBI, 55 runs scored, and 2 steals this season.
Dodgers' Rich Hill (knee) ruled out for Opening Day
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill will not be ready to start on Opening Day due to soreness in his left knee.
It's unclear how much time Hill will miss. Hyun-Jin Ryu was slated to pitch the second game of the season for the Dodgers, so he will likely now be bumped up to Opening Day duties.
numberFire's models currently expect Hill to record a 3.48 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 169 strikeouts and 48 walks in 150 innings this season.
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