I’m With arms and bodies falling by the wayside, it would be good to get back a familiar face. You can never have enough capable arms on the roster, and Julio Urias certainly fits that bill. Urias spoke to reporters this afternoon and indicated that he’s still not throwing off a mound. He did offer positive news that the process could begin soon as part of his rehab from shoulder surgery.
Julio Urias (shoulder surgery) still not throwing off a mound. The original target for that was the end of Spring Training.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 4, 2018
Julio Urias believes he will be cleared to pitch off the mound “in the near future,” he said.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) May 4, 2018
#Dodgers Julio Urias says his rehab is at point where he could be throwing off mound “in the near future “
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 4, 2018
This is of course a step forward from our April update. It was then that Urias was cleared to start throwing a baseball, but off a mound is the next progression.
In his young career Urias has appeared in 23 games, 20 of which were starts. His career ERA sits at 3.86 with an impressive 95 strikeouts in 100.1 innings. He was clearly in his ascent of a talented future when he went down with injury.
It would be a shot in the arm for the organization to get him back and healthy for the second half of 2018, which sounds like the plan if all goes well.
It’s easy to forget about the marquee talent the Dodgers have when highly-touted prospects like Urias are on the shelf and away from our memory banks. Urias was not just a mid-tier prospect – but rather one of the top pitching prospects in all of the game. While it may be asking a lot to get him back full-strength at any point this year, to see him back on the mound and preparing to be a key cog in the 2019 rotation is a really big step for the future of the Dodgers’ core. The future remains bright, and the present; well it could be worse.
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