Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is reportedly weighing the possibility of having a “clean-up” procedure on his left shoulder. (Associated Press photo)
When Hyun-Jin Ryu
‘s throwing program was shut down May 1 because of a noticeable drop in velocity, there were two foreseeable outcomes.
One, that Ryu would rest up and be able to start pitching again at a normal velocity. Two, that there was a more serious underlying cause to the velo drop than the Dodgers were willing to publicly speculate. If it was the latter, surgery would be a realistic if undesirable consequence.
There was plenty of speculation over the last two weeks among the Korean-language media — incorrect or at least premature — that pointed to the latter. So it was again today:
Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias will miss 4-5 weeks after undergoing elective cosmetic surgery on his left eye later this month. Urias, 18, was born with a benign tumor on the eye, which does not affect his vision.
The left-hander has a 3.00 ERA in seven starts for Double-A Tulsa this season. His opponents, all of whom are older, have a .194/.246/.318 slash line. Urias’ 46 strikeouts rank first in the Texas League and his 0.94 WHIP ranks fourth.
According to a source, Urias will make one more start before he has the surgery, which is tentatively scheduled for May 28.
Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, 30, received his visa eight days ago. On Monday he finalized a 6-year, $62 million deal with the Dodgers. (Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO — Hector Olivera’s six-year, $62.5 million contract with the Dodgers became official Tuesday. The contract is believed to contain a team option for a seventh year (2021) for $1 million, which triggers if Olivera undergoes Tommy John surgery on his balky right elbow.
Olivera, 30, will be 36 by then. Tuesday afternoon, he was en route the Dodgers’ extended spring training facility in Arizona before he is presumably assigned to a minor-league affiliate.
“We are excited to be adding two players to our organization that have consistently demonstrated their talent in Cuba as well as in international competition,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said in a statement. “We look forward to adding them to our organization and are confident they will be able to contribute to the Dodgers in the near future.”