by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
Dodgers' prospect Julio Urias returns to mound
Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias made a rehab start on Friday in the Arizona League. Urias had surgery on May 28 to remove a mass from behind his eye. Urias pitched two innings, allowing an infield single and striking out three. His velocity topped out at 97 mph, per MLB.com. "He's got plus stuff and big league command," Arizona pitching coach Greg Sabat said.
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
Dodgers prospect Julio Urias undergoes eye surgery
Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias underwent successful eye surgery last Thursday, according to the Orange County Register. Urias will get his stitches removed in five to seven days and then begin a throwing program. He's expeted to return to the mound in July.
by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer
Dodgers prospect Julio Urias out a month for eye surgery
Dodgers top pitching prospect Julio Urias will miss at least a month of action after undergoing elective surgery on his left eye to repair a defect, according to MLB.com. Urias is expected to have the procedure on May 28 to remove the peri orbital benign mass. "Obviously, one of our main intentions -- independent of the procedure -- is to protect Julio and limit his workload," said director of player development Gabe Kapler. "We're mindful of pitch and innings totals for every pitcher in our organization. Our aim is to take a long view approach to Julio's progression with laser sharp focus on long-term health. A blow midseason made sense to us." He also noted the condition has never limited Urias' ability on the mound. He is 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts for Double-A Tulsa.
by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer
Dodgers send pitching prospect Julio Urias to minor-league camp
Dodgers top pitching prospect Julio Urias has been assigned to minor-league camp as a part of the team's first wave of cuts this spring, reports MLB.com. Urias, along with Chris Anderson, Ryan Buchter and Josh Ravin were all sent down. Although Urias is considered the top prospect for Los Angeles, he will begin his season in the minors. "Our standard answer right now is that we won't see him (in 2015). He's 18," manager Don Mattingly said last month. "Nobody wants to retard his development at all. He's moving forward. He had (87 2/3) innings last year. He'll get more this year. There's a plan to continue to build his innings and get him ready for the big leagues."
by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer
Dodgers not planning to call up SP prospect Julio Urias in 2015
While Dodgers starting pitcher prospect Julio Urias continues to impress early on in spring training, the team is still tempering expectations for the 18-year-old left-hander. As of now, the Dodgers are not planning to call him up in 2015, per FOX Sports. "It's pretty hard not to like what you see," manager Don Mattingly said. "It's a nice, clean delivery. The ball comes out easy. He's still very young but seems wise beyond his years, as far as pitching. Everybody likes what we see. "Our standard answer right now is that we won't see him (in 2015). He's 18. Nobody wants to retard his development at all. He's moving forward. He had (87 2/3) innings last year. He'll get more this year. There's a plan to continue to build his innings and get him ready for the big leagues. "At this point, it's not about him being in the big leagues. It's about him developing." Urias is 4-2 with a 2.41 ERA and 1.11 WHIP through 43 career minor-league outings (38 starts). He also has 176 strikeouts in 142 innings.
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Report: Dodgers may trade top prospect for nonrental
The Dodgers "haven't flat out said no" to trading one of their top three prospects for a player, as long as that player isn't due to be a free agent after the season, the Los Angeles Times reports. Previous reports have said that outfielder Joc Pederson, third baseman Corey Seager and pitcher Julio Urias were off the table in trade talks, but that only applies to a rental like Jon Lester. The Phillies and Rays may be able to get the Dodgers to part with at least one of the team's top prospects in a deal for Cole Hamels or David Price, respectively, though neither trade has been reported to be in the works.