The Los Angeles Angels got some bad news on Thursday.
Last week, infielder Gio Urshela landed on the injured list with a left pelvis fracture.
We all knew he is facing a lengthy absence because of the nature of his injury.
On Thursday, it was confirmed that he won’t be able to return before the end of the season.
“Some news: -After meeting with another specialist, Gio Urshela won’t need surgery for his pelvis fracture, Phil Nevin said. But since he needs to be shut down at least 6 weeks, with at least 6 weeks of build up after that, it seems like Urshela’s season is done,” Sarah Valenzuela tweeted.
-After meeting with another specialist, Gio Urshela won’t need surgery for his pelvis fracture, Phil Nevin said. But since he needs to be shut down at least 6 weeks, with at least 6 weeks of build up after that, it seems like Urshela’s season is done.
— Sarah Valenzuela (@Sarah_IsabelVee) June 21, 2023
If the injury had occurred a few weeks ago, perhaps the Angels would be able to count on Urshela contributing at some point in September.
But that wasn’t the case, and even though he won’t require surgery (which is always good news), there is a relatively long timetable before he can run, field, hit, and perform baseball activities.
Urshela is no star, but he is a steady player and his absence will no doubt affect the team’s depth in the infield.
He was hitting .299/.329/.374 with a .703 OPS in 214 at-bats, with two home runs and 24 RBI.
He is capable of playing all over the infield and was an excellent wild card for manager Phil Nevin.
This season, he has logged 22 games at first base, one at second, nine at shortstop, and 37 at third base, his natural position.
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