Julio Urias‘ left arm and shoulder are two of the most important body parts in the organization. So, naturally, this news came out today.
Heard Dodgers’ top prospect LHP Julio Urias, has been fighting shoulder soreness this month. He skipped a start, then walked 4 in 0.2 IP.
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) April 28, 2014
So, that’s not great news. Ron Cervenka of Think Blue LA was able to confirm Law’s tweet, but added a bit more information.
I heard a little bit about it as well. Of all the body parts, it had to be his shoulder. Luckily, it doesn’t sound too serious as it’s — somehow — a result of a comebacker he took of his bicep a couple outings ago, as Cervenka reported. Urias is still slated to start on Wednesday at Inland Empire.
It makes sense that something would be bothering the 17-year-old prized prospect. He lasted two two-thirds of an inning in his last outing (the same night Clayton Kershaw threw his first ever rehab start). He allowed one hit, three runs and four walks. It was his second 4-walk outing of the season (his season debut, but that appearance went much better). Urias was named as having the best control in the Dodgers’ system by Baseball America and posted a 2.7 BB/9 last season with Great Lakes, so there is obviously something going on.
Of all the types shoulder injuries he could have sustained, this one seems like the least serious. There isn’t any structural damage (as far as we know), and it was the result of a bicep injury. His arm is fine.
His Wednesday start will be awfully interesting to follow. It’s entirely possible the contusion could still impact him in this start, so he’ll likely be on an even stricter pitch count than he normally is.
Above all, he just needs to get back into a routine (two of his scheduled starts have been modified due to rehab starts by Brian Wilson and Kershaw) and prove that his arm is OK. He doesn’t have to strike everyone out or throw 98 MPH. He just needs to pitch. And if he feels anything out the ordinary, he needs to tell the Quakes’ training staff.
No need to panic quite yet. It’s good for him to face a little adversity, even if it’s in the form of a weird injury.