Urias’ re­turn is un­cer­tain

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

CLEVELAND — An ex­am­i­na­tion of Julio Urias’ sore left shoul­der showed no struc­tural dam­age, but the Dodgers have shut down Urias to al­low time for the in­flam­ma­tion in the joint to sub­side.

Man­ager Dave Roberts in­di­cated there was no timetable for Urias’ re­sump­tion of a throw­ing pro­gram and said that the pitcher will not en­gage in base­ball ac­tiv­ity “for the fore­see­able fu­ture.”

“I don’t know if we’ve made the de­ci­sion yet on if it’s a week, if it’s two weeks when he’s go­ing to pick up a base­ball,” Roberts said be­fore Thurs­day’s se­ries fi­nale against the Cleveland In­di­ans at Pro­gres­sive Field. “Right now, I don’t think we have an an­swer.”

The Dodgers had hoped Urias would sharpen his de­liv­ery dur­ing a stint with triple-A Ok­la­homa City. But Urias re­ported an is­sue with his shoul­der this week. When his con­di­tion did not im­prove with a few days of rest, he had an MRI exam.

Urias had hoped to break camp as a mem­ber of the start­ing ro­ta­tion. The Dodgers paused his pre­sea­son sched­ule to pre­serve his in­nings for later in the sea­son. Roberts said he did not be­lieve the team’s ap­proach contributed to Urias’ in­jury.

“No. 1, ob­vi­ously, I know it’s not the work­load,” Roberts said. “As far as how we’ve man­aged him, I don’t think [it caused the in­jury]. Be­cause the starts that he made down there, he was throw­ing the ball well. He has been on a con­sis­tent rou­tine.”

Gon­za­lez up­date

The sec­ond opin­ion on Adrian Gon­za­lez’s lower back matched the first, Roberts said. Gon­za­lez has a her­ni­ated disk and may take a painkilling epidu­ral in­jec­tion to ease his dis­com­fort.

Gon­za­lez re­ceived an epidu­ral last sea­son and played through it. “I don’t know a timetable, when he’ll be back,” Roberts said. “Hope­fully sooner rather than later.”

Even so, the Dodgers do not want to rush Gon­za­lez back. He has shown lit­tle power this sea­son, and has landed on the dis­abled list twice. In the first 13 sea­sons of his ca­reer, he never went on the dis­abled list.

Short hops

Dodgers mi­nor league pitcher Jair Jur­rjens was sus­pended 80 games af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for ex­oge­nous testos­terone. Jur­rjens, 31, was pitch­ing for triple-A Ok­la­homa City. The Dodgers op­tioned re­liever Ross Stripling to Ok­la­homa City af­ter he gave up four runs in 12⁄3 in­nings in Thurs­day’s loss to Cleveland.

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