The Los Angeles expected much from prized teen lefty Julio Urias, but word broke Friday night that those big plans will need to be put on hold for the foreseeable future. The old adage in baseball is that you can never have too many pitching prospects because injuries will occur, even if you are extra cautious. It’s just part of the game now with guys throwing so hard.
Los Angeles announced that Urias will require anterior capsule surgery on his left shoulder and will miss the rest of the 2017 season. The major shoulder operation will cloud the future of the 20-year-old southpaw.
General Manager Andrew Friedman said he expects Urias to miss the next 12-to-14 months recovering. He did offer some hope, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, saying it is possible Urias will pitch in the majors sometime next season.
Urias, one of the more prized young pitchers in all of baseball, was brought along slowly and made his debut last season for the Dodgers. Last season he hurled 77 innings, posting a very good 3.39 ERA at just 19. He seemed primed to begin the season in the rotation for the team, but got off to a slow start and was demoted to the minors after making just five starts.
In 2017, tossed 23.1 innings and posted a 5.40 ERA. More concerning for the team was the fact that he walked more hitters, 14, than he struck out, 11.
He was sent back to Triple-A Oklahoma City and performed well until his most recent start when he went down with injury. In 6 starts at Triple-A this season, Urias tossed 31 1/3 innings, striking out 32 and posting a 2.59 ERA. This is certainly a setback for the Dodgers and Urias, but they will allow him time to work himself back and get healthy before pushing him.