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.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The greater Phoenix area experienced a light but steady rain this morning. The streets were wet, the baseball fields were wet, and Cactus League games were a threat to be postponed. Julio Uriasgot his jog in outdoors anyway.
In Phoenix, like any good warm-weather climate, drivers aren’t always used to driving on slick pavement. Maybe that’s why the Camelback Road off-ramp was backed up when the Angels team bus was driving into the Dodgers’ spring training home for their Thursday afternoon game. They waited for the congestion to clear up, then they waited for five minutes at a red light. The game started three minutes late.
Dodgers starter Brett Anderson, who had been warming up in anticipation of a 1:05 p.m. start time, threw and threw and threw. At some point he had to sit down — “10 minutes, 12 minutes, just enough time to cool down and then warm back up.”
Anderson wasn’t himself. He allowed seven hits, and retired only five batters against the Angels.
“I’m not using it as an excuse,” Anderson said of the delay. “It’s a weird circumstance but something you have to deal with.”