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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Orioles' Henry Urrutia out 6-8 weeks (hernia surgery)

By on 5/10/2014 01:00:00 PM

After a rough start to his Triple-A season, Baltimore Orioles prospect Henry Urrutia has been diagnosed with a sports hernia. He will have surgery to repair the damage on Tuesday, May 13, and the Orioles expect him to miss 6-8 weeks while he recovers. Two Orioles beat writers, Dan Connelly of the Baltimore Sun and Roch Kubatko of MASN, have confirmed the news. defines a sports hernia as "an injury of the inguinal [abdominal] area caused by repetitive twisting and turning at high speed." The description goes on:
"Although the condition is known as a hernia, in many cases an obvious hernia is not seen. The main symptom is groin pain that may reach into the genital area. The pain can linger for weeks or months. Sports medicine experts think that the condition results from overuse of groin muscles, which causes stress on the inguinal wall."
Considering the physical rigors of playing professional sports, this comes with little surprise other than that it does not happen more often.

With Triple-A Norfolk, Urrutia was hitting just .220 with 7 RBI and 23 K in 82 at bats. His injury may have contributed to this poor performance. He also started the season with shoulder soreness, so he has not played up to his potential shown in 2013. In 81 games last year, the outfielder/DH hit .347 in Double-A and Triple-A combined, and he also hit .276 in 58 at bats with the Orioles. Perhaps recovering from his surgery will propel Urrutia back to the type of hitter he was last year.

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