Urias will be recalled from Triple-A El Paso prior to Saturday's game against the Cubs, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Urias struggled with the Padres earlier this season, slashing .083/.241/.125 over 11 games, but he's in line for another chance with the big-league club. San Diego has yet to announce a corresponding move.
Urias is dealing with a minor left shoulder injury but is expected to rejoin the lineup Sunday for Triple-A El Paso, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports. Urias exited Friday's contest in the middle of the at-bat after tweaking something in his left shoulder, but he'll apparently be good to go after one day off. The 22-year-old has a healthy .316/.400/.595 slash line with 18 home runs at Triple-A this season.
Urias "felt something" on a swing in Friday's game for Triple-A El Paso and exited for precautionary reasons, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He is considered day-to-day. Hitters rarely exit games mid at-bat, as Urias did in the fifth inning, due to minor injuries, so some skepticism is warranted regarding this report. However, it is still somewhat comforting that the Padres are downplaying the injury.
Urias left Triple-A El Paso's game Friday in the fifth inning during his at-bat after suffering an apparent injury on a swing, Felix Chavez of the El Paso Times reports. It's typically bad news when a hitter cannot complete an at-bat due to an injury suffered during a swing, and that sounds like it could be the case with Urias. We may not get official word on the nature of the injury until Saturday.
The Padres are expected to give serious consideration to promoting Urias before the end of June, and possibly within the next week, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. "I think he's on a really fast track," general manager A.J. Preller said. "We just wanted to ... make sure that he was in a good spot, so that when he came back and hit (against) the better quality big-league pitching, we felt like he was in a really balanced position and in a powerful position." His .368/.461/.724 slash line and 14 home runs in 44 games in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League are obviously quite impressive and his .432 average and 7:7 K:BB over his last 10 games further suggests that the time is drawing near for Urias to be called up for good. He has upped his flyball rate and pull rate at Triple-A this season, which has contributed to the power breakout, and now he is regaining the elite contact skills that made him such a promising prospect in the first place. Look for him to take over as San Diego's everyday second baseman sometime this month.
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