It didn’t take long for the injury bug to bite the Milwaukee Brewers in 2022. In fact, it only took two Cactus League games.
Coming off the shortened 2020 MLB season, the Brewers had to navigate through so many injuries that they by far rostered the most players in a season in franchise history. It was a trend the team had hoped to leave behind in 2021.
The way this offseason shaped out potentially won’t help matters. After an MLB lockout that lasted just shy of 100 days, the players got to deal with an altered regular season schedule and a shortened spring training schedule, the latter of which not exactly being ideal for reducing injuries.
When thinking of who is at highest risk of injury as a result of a shortened ramp up to the season, it’s often the pitching staff that’s thought of first. For the Brewers’ first big injury of the spring, though, it’s a key position player who is making the news.
On Saturday, Brewers third baseman Luis Urias had to leave the game due to an apparent quad injury.
Things started off well enough for Luis Urias in Saturday’s Cactus League matchup against the Texas Rangers. In his first start of the spring, the third baseman walked in the top of the first inning and later scored on a home run by Pedro Severino, who was signed as a free agent this offseason to be the team’s backup catcher.
After a double by second baseman Kolten Wong to leadoff the third inning, Urias reached base once again, this time on a single that allowed Wong to score and increased Milwaukee’s lead to 3-0.
But two batters later when Severino struck a double to right and Urias was being waved home on his way from first to third, the injury bug struck. Instead of attempting to score, Urias pulled up at third base. He then left the field with the athletic trainer, per a report from Will Sammon of The Athletic.
Unfortunately, that is about all we know with regards to Urias’ injury. Brewers manager Craig Counsell was asked about it after the game but stated that the team won’t know the severity of the injury until tomorrow.
Spring training injuries aren’t exactly an uncommon occurrence and often times players get pulled from Cactus League games for minor ones out of pure precaution. Still, it’s understandable to be slightly concerned here considering the Brewers need an extra day to determine the extent of an injury as opposed to just labeling it minor right off the bat.
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Hopefully the injury to Urias does, in fact, end up being a minor one. If it’s not, that would be an important bat missing from the Brewers lineup.