A few factors had to go their way for the Milwaukee Brewers to see their offense improve from the version fans saw in 2021. One of those factors was to have a majority of their stronger performers from last year carry their performances into 2022.
One of those players the Brewers were hoping for a repeat performance from was third baseman Luis Urias. After almost making fans think that the trade to acquire him had been a bust, the 24-year-old had a breakout season last year.
In his second year with the Brewers, Urias set career highs with a .249 batting average, .345 on base percentage, and .445 slugging percentage while slugging 23 homers with 75 RBIs, both good for second on the team in 2021.
Full of promise heading into 2022, Urias would unfortunately have his spring cut short. In his very first Cactus League appearance, he would suffer a quad injury while running the bases that would cause him to leave the game.
Later it would be revealed that Urias would not be ready for Opening Day of the 2022 season and would begin the year on the injured list. The hope, though, was that it wouldn’t take long afterward for him to make his season debut.
Unfortunately, that quad injury for Brewers infielder Luis Urias apparently isn’t progressing as quickly as he and the team had hoped.
The latest status report on Urias’ injury came from Brewers beat reporter for MLB.com, Adam McCalvy on Tuesday. He also notes, though, that the third baseman might be getting close to some live at bats.
Hopefully the injury will cooperate with this timeline and allow Urias to progress further to rehab games. Because according to Brewers manager Craig Counsell, the timeline for the quad injury has kept getting pushed further and further out.
This is the second season in a row that a Brewers position player has had to miss time early due to a quad injury. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain missed right around three weeks in late April and early May last season with the same injury.
Milwaukee could use Urias’ bat, too. Through the first four games of the season, the Brewers had scored just nine runs and were just 2-for-22 with runners in scoring position. Urias hit .272 with a .883 OPS in such situations last season.
In the end, the Brewers should maybe consider themselves lucky. As some have expected, there have been a good number of early injuries all across baseball, so Milwaukee missing one starter for a couple weeks isn’t that bad, all things considered.
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In the end, all that matters is that the Brewers are careful with Urias’ injury, which has so far turned out to be the case. The Crew will need him and his bat this season, and hopefully fans will get to see it relatively soon.