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Alden Gonzalez

Close ESPN Staff Writer Joined ESPN in 2016 to cover the Los Angeles Rams Previously covered the Angels for MLB.com

Bradford Doolittle

Close ESPN Staff Writer Sports reporter, Kansas City Star, 2002-09 Writer, Baseball, Baseball Prospectus Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus Member, Baseball Writers Association of America Member, Professional Basketball Writers Association

MILWAUKEE — The Los Angeles Dodgers made a surprising decision with their National League Championship Series roster on Friday, adding 22-year-old phenom Julio Urias as part of their bullpen mix.

Urias, formerly the organization’s top starting-pitching prospect, made three scoreless relief appearances as a September call-up in his return from shoulder surgery, a procedure that kept the left-hander out for more than a year.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said lefty reliever Scott Alexander, whom Urias replaced on the roster, is “healthy,” adding that Urias was chosen because “we like his pitch mix, the weapons that he has to attack the lefties and the righties in their lineup.”

Roberts said Urias can be available to pitch more than one inning and that he is comfortable using him in back-to-back games, even though Urias hasn’t done that all season.

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