Julio Urias to Undergo Shoulder Surgery, out at Least 12-14 Months

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the second inning against the Chicago Cubs in game four of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias will miss time as he gets set to undergo surgery Tuesday to repair his left anterior capsule, according to the team's official Twitter account.

The Los Angeles Times' Andy McCullough broke down the severity of the injury: 

Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet noted Urias will miss at least 12-14 months with the injury.

Urias got a late start to the season after suffering strep throat during spring training, which limited his preparation for the year. He then struggled when he was called up to the majors, tallying a 5.40 ERA in five starts.

The Dodgers optioned him down to Triple-A after allowing 12 earned runs in 6.1 innings over two starts.

With the latest injury, this season isn't quite going as well as some might have hoped for the 20-year-old phenom.

The left-hander moved in and out of the rotation in 2016, but he was a big help for the stretch run, making 18 appearances while posting a 3.39 ERA. He also had 84 strikeouts in just 77 innings.

Although he did enough to earn a start in the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs, Urias only lasted 3.2 innings while allowing four runs in a loss.

Still, the youngster has obvious talent that helped him reach the majors well ahead of expectations. The team will just need to take care of him so their prized arm can be used down the line.

Los Angeles has already dealt with other injuries to the rotation, but veterans like Kershaw, Brandon McCarthy and Kenta Maeda will have to keep things afloat as the squad remains competitive in the National League West.

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