Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias underwent surgery to repair the anterior shoulder capsule in his left shoulder last June, and began throwing for the first time in seven months last week.
Urias posted a video of himself throwing to his Instagram. He called the video “the happiest day of his therapy.”
“The capsule is a tissue that keeps the fluid in the joints but also adds some stability to the joint,” Fantasy Doctors injury expert Dr. Selene Parekh said.
“Repair of the anterior capsule is a repair of the capsule that is in front of the bone. It is usually associated with a labrum tear”
While throwing is a major step in his rehab, the Dodgers don’t expect to have Urias back in action until the second half of the season
Urias, 21, has spent most of his career in the minors since the Dodgers signed him in 2012. He had stints in the majors in both 2016 and 2017, with a drastic difference in performance each time.
In 2016, Urias posted 3.39 ERA while striking out 84 batters in 77 innings. His 2017 season was disappointing to say the least, as he walked 14 batters, allowed 14 runs, and only struck out 11 in five starts.
Los Angeles has a reliable rotation led by ace Clayton Kershaw, but if Urias can return to where he was in 2016, he would make an excellent addition. Of course, that all depends on his condition and return to play.
For now, the path is looking good for Urias, whose doctor reported “everything was better than expected” following the surgery, according to the Los Angeles Times. Even with this news, the Dodgers will still be extra cautious as Urias rehabs. Shoulder injuries are harder to recover from than elbow injuries, and with the loss of Yu Darvish to the Cubs, the Dodgers might find themselves in need of a healthy arm down the stretch.
If Urias is ready for the playoff chase, he might help the Dodgers make a push.