Between an injury that caused him to miss most of the first two months of the season and a demotion to Triple-A, it's so far mostly been a season to forget for Milwaukee Brewers infielder Luis Urias.
The 26-year-old made it one whole game into the 2023 season before injuring his hamstring trying to stretch out a single in the team's Opening Day loss to the Cubs in Chicago. That would put Urias on the injured list all the way until early June.
Finally, Urias would make some rehab appearances with the Triple-A squad in Nashville, but you could tell things looked a little rusty. He would slash just .200/.238/.250 in nine games with the Sounds, striking out 13 times and walking only twice. Still, it was time to be reinstated from the IL.
Unfortunately, things wouldn't look much better from there. In 20 games with the Brewers, Urias would slash just .145/.299/.236 with three extra base hits (two doubles and a homer). With Brice Turang, who had been optioned to the minors to break out of his own slump, starting to look more like himself, the swap was made and Urias was sent to the minors to get back on track.
Brewers infielder Luis Urias appears to be back in the groove down at Triple-A Nashville.
Apparently the demotion to Triple-A was exactly what Urias needed to kickstart his season. Because if you look at his numbers in July, you can tell he is starting to look much more like the version fans got excited for in his breakout 2021 season.
In 12 games in the month of July for the Sounds, Urias is hitting .267, getting on base 40.4% of the time, and has an OPS of .915. He has two doubles, three homers, has scored nine runs, and driven in eight.
More importantly, that strikeout to walk ratio is starting to look much better as well. After putting up a 13-to-2 ratio during his rehab stint and then going 15-to-7 earlier this season with the Brewers, Urias has a 13-to-10 K/BB ratio so far in July with Nashville.
Should the Brewers believe that Urias is back on track, fans could see him recalled to the team soon. With Owen Miller garnering a majority of the playing time at first with Rowdy Tellez on the IL and Brian Anderson on the IL as well, depth on the left side of the infield is quite thin. Andruw Monasterio has stepped in admirably alongside Willy Adames, but there isn't much backup after that.
With an offense that ranks in the bottom third of the league, the Brewers will take offense anywhere they can get it. Urias being back to his old self would be a good start toward making that happen.