While he did not break camp with the big club a year ago, it did not take long for Julio Urias to reach the majors, and it appeared he was ready to hold down a spot in the big-league rotation after giving up just two earned runs over his first three starts with the Dodgers. However, he struggled in two starts after that, which may have been the first sign that trouble was on the horizon. The Dodgers sent him back down, and just a few weeks later he started experiencing shoulder soreness, which ultimately required surgery and cut short his 2017 campaign. Urias will be out at least until the summer of 2018 -- and possibly all season -- so he won't have much appeal in single-season leagues. He was once considered the best left-handed pitching prospect in the game, and Urias will not turn 22 until August, so he still holds plenty of long-term value so long as he is able to make a full recovery from his injury.
Urias underwent successful left anterior capsule surgery Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Urias will be out of commission for the foreseeable future, as his current recovery timeline is set for 12-to-14 months, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The electric pitcher will have his sights set on returning to live action sometime during the 2018 season.
Urias will undergo left anterior capsule surgery on his pitching shoulder on Tuesday. Anterior capsule surgery is one of the most difficult arm surgeries for a pitcher to recover from. Pitchers who have required the procedure in the past have required as many as 18 months to fully recover. Even in the best-case scenario, Urias won't be returning to the mound until the summer of 2018, and it's possible he will miss all of next season.
Urias will head to Los Angeles this weekend for further examination on his pitching shoulder, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. McCullough said that there's a "heightened level of concern" regarding Urias' shoulder, which has led to a scheduled trip to see team doctors in Los Angeles over the weekend. Urias has been shut down for close to two weeks with left shoulder discomfort and a recent MRI revealed inflammation in the area but no structural damage. In any case, the Dodgers will take a closer look in the coming days, which will provide further information on Urias' outlook and timetable for return.
Urias is suffering from inflammation in his shoulder, not structural damage, though he doesn't have a timetable for a return, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. As a result of the MRI, he'll also likely be rested for a week or two, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. Urias posted a 3.12 ERA in three starts with Triple-A Albuquerque since he was demoted in late May, and when healthy, the 20-year-old has little to nothing that he needs to prove there. The Dodgers' starting pitcher depth has allowed them to manage Urias' workload even before this injury, so they may play his rehab program conservatively, as well, perhaps keeping him with Albuquerque when he's activated. Either way, deep-league fantasy players can continue stashing the potential late-season gem.
Urias was placed on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday with left shoulder discomfort, Jacob Unruh of The Oklahoman reports. No word has come forth as to how the injury happened, but those within the organization don't believe Urias is dealing with anything serious. Urias will miss at least one start with Oklahoma City, although more information on his return date should come forth after he gets back to throwing at his regular pace.