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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Indians Injury Update: Prospect Giovanny Urshela dealing with knee problem


By on 11/18/2014 06:00:00 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 and could miss the rest of the Venezuela Winter League.

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As reported by Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Urshela was scheduled on Monday to have an MRI on his left knee in Venezuela.  Originally the Indians were notified that Urshela injured his knee running the bases during Saturday's game. The team is hoping the injury is not serious, as Urshela had a breakout season in 2014 and could make the Indians' roster next season.

Urshela is currently ranked at the Indians' 13th prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, but the injury may have cut his time in the Venezuela Winter League to an end.

General manager Chris Antonetti is pleased with Urshela's overall development, as he told Bastian:
"Gio is one of those guys who really developed offensively. He had been an elite extraordinary defender at third base. Last year, he actually started the process by going out to Goodyear [Ariz.] and really focusing on strength and conditioning and getting his body in a really powerful and agile place."
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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