The Los Angeles Dodgers’ front office spent the better part of Thursday adding to the organization with international signings, spending big to acquire young talent from beyond the United States borders.
Among the signees was hard-throwing Yadier Alvarez, whose fastball has been clocked at 99 MPH. While Alvarez and the other prospects are multiple years from reaching the Majors, the same doesn’t necessarily hold true for Julio Urias.
The young left-hander underwent cosmetic surgery to remove a benign mass from his left eye roughly one month ago and has been out of game action since. On Thursday Urias posted a video to his Twitter account of him throwing off the mound:
Back to the mound! Gracias a dios???? pic.twitter.com/nrWxbOSyn7
— Julio Urias (@theteenager7) July 3, 2015
Urias didn’t state where he currently is, though the green tarp in the background is consistent with the setting at the club’s Camelback Ranch Spring Training facility, where Urias was rehabbing after the surgery.
Urias made seven starts with Double-A Tulsa prior to undergoing the surgery. He posted a 3.00 ERA and 0.94 WHIP with 46 strikeouts over 36 innings. The Dodgers have been mindful in bringing the young pitcher along slowly, cautious not to put too much on his plate too soon.
Given that Urias hasn’t yet been able to build on his innings count from 2014, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman didn’t rule out a September call-up as a means to address that.