Urias to have sore left shoul­der ex­am­ined

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - By Andy McCul­lough andy.mccul­lough@la­times.com

CLEVE­LAND — A fit­ful sea­son for Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias took a con­cern­ing turn this week, and now the left-han­der is headed back to Los An­ge­les so team doc­tor Neal ElAt­tra­che can ex­am­ine his sore left shoul­der.

The triple-A Ok­la­homa City Dodgers placed Urias on the dis­abled list Wed­nes­day. Urias men­tioned to the med­i­cal staff that “he wasn’t feel­ing right” a few days ago, Dodgers man­ager Dave Roberts said. The team shut him down from throw­ing. When his con­di­tion did not ap­prove, Urias was sched­uled for his ap­point­ment.

“It’s a con­cern when­ever you’re talk­ing about a pitcher’s arm, es­pe­cially the shoul­der,” Roberts said. “But I think with Julio, I think we’ve got­ten ahead of it. Hope­fully it’s just in­flam­ma­tion where time will al­low it to dis­si­pate. But when you’re talk­ing about the el­bow or the shoul­der, I think there’s some pause.”

Af­ter an en­cour­ag­ing de­but in 2016, in which he be­came the first teenager to pitch for the Dodgers since Fer­nando Valen­zuela, Urias has been side­tracked of­ten this sea­son. He came to spring train­ing be­liev­ing he was com­pet­ing for a spot in the start­ing ro­ta­tion, but the team elected to de­lay his start to the sea­son to limit his in­nings.

Upon his ar­rival in the ma­jors in late April, Urias failed to throw strikes on a con­sis­tent ba­sis. He walked 14 bat­ters and struck out 11. Be­fore the team op­tioned him back to the mi­nors near the end of May, Urias owned a 5.40 earned-run av­er­age.

The team pri­or­i­tized his de­vel­op­ment over his po­ten­tial abil­ity for the big league club, hop­ing Urias could clean up de­fi­cien­cies in his de­liv­ery fac­ing lower-qual­ity com­pe­ti­tion.

Urias ap­peared to find trac­tion dur­ing an out­ing on June 10. He struck out eight bat­ters and walked one in 52⁄3 in­nings. But soon af­ter, his shoul­der be­came an is­sue.

“It re­ally hasn’t got­ten a whole lot bet­ter,” Roberts said. “So we fig­ured we’d go get a scan.”

Puig ap­peals his sus­pen­sion

Dodgers out­fielder Yasiel Puig re­ceived a one-game sus­pen­sion for mak­ing an ob­scene ges­ture to­ward fans dur­ing Tues­day’s game against the Cleve­land In­di­ans at Pro­gres­sive Field.

Puig chose to ap­peal the sus­pen­sion, and was in the lineup Wed­nes­day. The pun­ish­ment also in­cluded an undis­closed fine.

Puig flashed his two mid­dle fin­gers to­ward fans be­hind the plate af­ter hit­ting a home run.

He said af­ter­ward that four peo­ple were heck­ling him be­fore and af­ter the at-bat. Puig ex­pressed con­tri­tion for hav­ing “stooped to their level” Tues­day night.

Roberts spoke with Puig be­fore Wed­nes­day’s game.

“It was some­thing that he wishes didn’t hap­pen,” Roberts said. “It was a re­ac­tion of emo­tion on his part. Bad judg­ment. I just made it clear that I want to talk about all our play­ers in the con­text of what they do on the field, not off the field. He un­der­stood how I felt. It won’t hap­pen again.”

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