LOS ANGELES — Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias will undergo left anterior capsule surgery on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles, ending his 2017 season.
The surgery will be performed by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday, and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told reporters on Friday that Urias is expected to miss 12-14 months.
Andrew Friedman said Urias will need 12-14 months to rehab. He said it was realistic to see Urias pitch in 2018.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) June 23, 2017
#Dodgers Andrew Friedman says Urias injury is "acute" meaning it happened on one pitch, not wear and tear. Makes it "easier" to repair— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 23, 2017
Friedman: No damage to labrum or rotator cuff so this should be "a relatively clean procedure." #Dodgers— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 23, 2017
Johan Santana had surgery to repair a torn capsule in September 2010, missed all of 2011, then made 21 starts in 2012 before eventually retiring.
Tall Chris Young had a similar surgery in May 2011, and has pitched in parts of five major league seasons since. He missed 13 months.
It has been an odd 2017 for the 20-year-old Urias, who had a spring training full of stops and starts as the Dodgers’ starting rotation proved healthier than expected. Urias began his season in Triple-A Oklahoma City, and after his call up was inconsistent in the majors, posting a 5.40 ERA in five starts.
Urias took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on May 9, but also had more walks (14) than strikeouts (11) in the majors, and was demoted to Triple-A later that month. He was 3-0 with a 3.12 ERA in three starts with Oklahoma City after the demotion, with 17 strikeouts and six walks in 17⅓ innings, before getting placed on the disabled list due to feeling something in his shoulder.