Brewers third baseman Luis Urias‘ recovery from an early spring quad injury has been frustratingly slow. But he’s finally on the mend and ready to go out to a minor league affiliate for a rehab assignment.
The Brewers will send the 24 year old Urias out to Double-A Biloxi to begin his rehab assignment, and he’s set to play his first game this weekend.
Urias entered camp seemingly in the best shape of his life, but left the second game of the Cactus League schedule with this quad injury, so he has not gotten many at-bats in 2022.
Brewers third baseman Luis Urias is set to go on a rehab assignment with the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers in his return from a quad injury.
Milwaukee could’ve really used Urias during this first stretch of the season. Urias broke out with 23 home runs last season with a .249 average, .789 OPS, and 111 OPS+. The growth of his pwoer profile led to the Brewers utilizing him at third base more often and Milwaukee went into camp planning for Urias to be their primary third baseman in 2022.
In Urias’ absence, Jace Peterson and Mike Brosseau have shared the duties at the hot corner. Peterson is 3-for-27 with six walks and Brosseau is 2-for-13 but with a clutch home run in that series against the Cubs.
The sooner Urias can get back to the Brewers, the better. He provides a solid power and on-base presence in the lineup and that’s something Milwaukee needs as their offense tries to kick into high gear. It’s been another relatively slow start for the Brewers offense and the loss of Urias to this point has been a factor in that.
It’s curious that Urias starts his rehab assignment in Double-A instead of Triple-A, where most rehab assignments are, but with Urias missing mostly all of spring training, they need to ease him into action against pitchers. Double-A pitching is mostly what he would face in the early days of spring training anyways.
After a few games in Double-A, Urias is then likely to move up to Triple-A to finish his rehab assignment before joining the Brewers at the big league level again. This is about getting him reps and seeing live pitching in game action as much as it is about testing the quad and making sure he’s healthy.
The return of Urias to the Brewers lineup will be a sight for sore eyes in Milwaukee and he’s finally on the path back after a couple of delays.