Around the Farm: November 17, 2014 - Urshela faces surgery
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
Note, the AFL season concluded on Saturday and no Indians were in action in the Dominican Winter League on Monday.
Venezuela Winter League
Giovanny Urshela (3B, Aguilas del Zulia): According to reports out of Venezuela, information from an MRI performed Monday on third baseman Giovanny Urshela’s left knee showed a PCL tear. He is scheduled to fly to Cleveland and be examined by Indians personnel on Thursday to determine the proper course of action; however, surgery is expected and he should be sidelined from all baseball activities for at least six months. This would mean that his season probably won’t start on time and that barring any setbacks he may not return to the field until May or June at the earliest next season. While none of this is yet official until the Indians themselves get a chance to evaluate and diagnose him, this is an almost worst case scenario for him and the Indians. They are lucky it was not an ACL tear which would keep him out of action a little longer, but the PCL tear is almost as bad and really impacts the depth at the third base position for the Indians for at least the first half of the season next year.
Carlos Moncrief (DH, Aguilas del Zulia): 0-for-4, K. Moncrief has cooled considerably of late as he is just 2-for-17 (.117) over his last six games. Even still, he is hitting a solid .288 with a .736 OPS in 24 games this offseason out in Venezuela.
Puerto Rico Winter League
Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 0-for-2, 2 K, HBP. Perez is having a solid showing in winter ball hitting .237 with a .420 on-base percentage in 13 games. He has a nice 12:11 strikeout to walk ratio, is getting on base, and of course continues to play above average defense.
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Regarding the 40 roster protection. Does this really free up a spot as Andy suggested? Not sure about that. Any team could claim him and put/hide him on a DL, right?
I don't think we would be hurting if Lonnie played 3rd base next year and stayed there without be jerked around. When you get in a groove, then let him play until that groove is over. He was in a groove and all we did was bench him for Aviles to get playing time. Lonnie was always the third choice, first Carlos on third, Aviles on third and then hey maybe Lonnie. This situation was corrected when Swisher got hurt and Carlos found his true position and did a great job.
I hope Terry does a better job on his position players this year. If they hit, then they should play. Remember Raburn throw into the ground on relay attempt from left field, it made the late news on how not to play.
But how about Chris G getting playing time on first base and that bouncer?????? It cost us a ball game.
So, the news is reporting that the damage is to the posterior cruciate ligament. That's better for swelling of the knee, not better for stability on the knee.. A lot of guys who have an ACL, also have a PCL. That ligament attaches at the back of the Femur (large upper leg bone) to the Tibia (large lower leg bone). The PCL also helps keep the knee from twisting. When an injury occurs to this ligament, stability of the knee is compromised.. It feels like your knee is filled or thick and wobbly at the same time. There isn't a lot of pain with this kind of injury. Surgery is well known and effective. The permanent loss of stability may require a very good brace to start with.. followed by a sleeve as time goes by.
You can only hope the injury wasn't a full rupture of the PCL..that would make the rehab the longest.. and the prognosis for full recovery the least likely.. We'll see in the months to come..
W/R to the back up plan.. Mike Aviles shouldn't be the RH platoon.. Aviles should be the utility guy.. and stay that way.. The best option currently on the Indians roster would be Zach Walters.. He's not nearly the polished / finished product you'd like, but, he can play the spot, has the arm.. Some consistency with the stick will punch his ticket to that spot..
On the other hand, might mean also that Urshela will be in shape to start in 2016.