Julio Urias underwent cosmetic surgery Thusday to remove a benign tumor from his left eye. The 18-year-old pitcher isn’t expected back in a game for another 4-5 weeks.
Urias was born with a benign tumor on the eye, which does not affect his vision. He chose to have the surgery, and the time off will allow him to delay reaching his innings limit until later this season.
Urias has a 3.00 ERA with 46 strikeouts and a 0.94 WHIP in seven starts for Double-A Tulsa this season. His opponents, all of whom are older, have a .194/.246/.318 slash line.
Corey Seager had a day to remember at the plate Thursday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The highly heralded shortstop went 6-for-6 with six RBIs, including a home run and two doubles, in the Dodgers’ 13-11 win over the Salt Lake Bees. Seager fell a triple shy of the cycle and one hit shy of the Pacific Coast League record for hits in a game, last achieved by Neifi Perez in 1996.
Seager, 21, finished the game with 11 total bases and raised his batting average to .324.
The Salt Lake Bees, the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate, even recognized the achievement on their official Twitter account:
Juan Uribe’s Atlanta Braves jersey is misspelled prior to his debut Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Alex Wood made the Dodgers look stiff at the plate in a 3-2 loss Wednesday. Bad puns aside, he isn’t the first left-handed starter to dominate them this season. The Dodgers are now 2-5 against lefties. Only two NL teams have seen fewer left-handed starters this season and only one (the Colorado Rockies, who are 18-26 overall) has a lower winning percentage.
The final two at-bats of the game went like this: Ground ball off Juan Uribe‘s chest, Alberto Callaspo pinch-hit flyout. Of course. Once the trade dust settled, Uribe and Andrew Friedman had a slightly different version of events: Uribe said he never talked to Friedman about being traded to a team that would allow him to play everyday; Friedman said that Uribe’s agent, Martin Arburua, specifically proposed this idea.
The truth, whatever it is, won’t change the fact that Uribe’s a Brave now. Friedman offered a telling quote later, saying “I think personally (the trade) was tough for him, but professionally he was excited.” So maybe Uribe doesn’t want fans or teammates to think he wanted out, but he needed out as a professional who wanted to play baseball. That’s just a guess, one that would be consistent with Uribe’s character.
The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.