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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Indians Injury Update: Giovanny Urshela will not need surgery on knee


By on 11/23/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Cleveland Indians finished third in the American League Central with 85 wins in 2014. Looking forward the Indians, who were slightly above the middle of the pack in runs scored and ERA, need only to tweak the roster to contend next season. One player the Indians could count on in the near future is prospect Giovanny Urshela, who is dealing with a knee problem which cost him the rest of the Venezuela Winter League. The good news is that the injury will not require surgery.

Chris Metcalf via Wikimedia Commons

I reported on November 18 that Urshela, who injured his knee running the bases during Saturday's game,
could miss the rest of the Venezuela Winter League.

An update on Urshela, as reported by Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com, is that Urshela visited Dr. Rick Parker on Friday at the Cleveland Clinic and confirmed a sprain of the PCL in his knee, which will not require surgery. Urshela will rehab at the Goodyear, Arizona, Player Development Complex and should be ready for the 2015 season.

Urshela, who was added to the Indians 40-man roster, could compete for a roster spot next season and for playing time at third base. Lonnie Chisenhall hit well for the Indians at third base in the first half of the season, but struggled in the second half to go along with sloppy defense. 

Urshela, in his sixth Minor League season, hit a combined .280 with 18 home runs and 84 RBI in 485 at bats at AA Akron and AAA Columbus.  In 2308 career Minor League at bats, Urshela has a batting average of .268 with 53 home runs and 302 RBI.


 
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