Luis Urias is quickly closing in on a return to the Milwaukee Brewers’ lineup. As most of you know, Urias was slated to miss 6-8 weeks with a broken left hamate. Whether he will be in the Opening Day lineup is still unclear, but he did face live pitching for the first time yesterday off David Phelps.
Luis Urías, coming back from surgery for a broken hamate, has been cleared to hit live pitching. First guy he faced was David Phelps. Urías is hoping to start playing games by the end of the week.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 8, 2020
As McCalvy mentioned, Urias hopes to be back in the lineup later this week. That was reiterated by Craig Counsell.
#Brewers INF Luis Urias, on comeback trail from hamate surgery, faced live pitching for first time yesterday. "He even got hit (by a pitch), so we got that out of the way," joked Counsell, quickly adding that Urias was OK. Remains on tract to play in games late this week.— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 8, 2020
As you might remember, Urias was forced to stop playing winter ball due to soreness in his wrist. Obviously that soreness was the result of the broken hamate that required surgery.
Luis Urias was to compete for the shortstop position, which has been an offensive black hole for Brewers. Urias’ injury has opened the door once again for Orlando Arcia. So far in Spring Training, Arcia has taken advantage with five home runs. Whether that level of offense is sustainable remains to be seen.
What Arcia’s Spring Training success means for Urias has yet to be determined. Nonetheless, the Brewers will be happy to have their new acquisition in the fold in the not-so-distant future.