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Injury Notes: Urias, Sims, Glasnow, Dobnak

After sustaining a sprained left quadriceps in yesterday’s spring training game, Luis Urias faces a layoff of at least two weeks and is “questionable” for the opening day, Brewers director Craig Counsell said Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and other reporters. Even if Urias is only 14 days missing, that won’t leave much time for Urias to play the Brew Crew’s first game on April 7, or even both- The timeline for the week is only a projection as Counsell has noted that Urias will undergo even more testing.

While it doesn’t look like Urias is facing too long a layoff, the Brewers will likely have to look to their bench depth early to replace their starting third baseman. Milwaukee has several third base options but not much of a true backup shortstop, as Urias was also seen as the best candidate to play short if willy adames needed a break. pablo reyes (who only has a few career games as a shortstop), top prospect Brice Turang hasn’t made his MLB debut yet, and the Brewers probably don’t want to start his service clock until such limited circumstances.

More information on other injury situations around the show…

  • Reds right handed Lucas Sims won’t be on the team roster for opening day as he has more time to develop his arm, Sims and manager David Bell told reporters (including MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon). Sims is healthy now, but has been behind since illness and back spasms interrupted his usual off-season work.We can reevaluate later, but [first] make sure the build up is done right and we don’t rush into something and have a big problem“, Sims said. The absence could allow other pitchers to close in on the void, as Sims was chosen as Cincinnati’s first pick for the ninth inning this season, assuming the Reds indeed have a closer set. The former Sims moved to full-time relief work in 2019, and he has a 4.05 ERA and 35.2% strikeout rate in 115 2/3 innings over the past three seasons, although control and circuitry were issues.
  • Tyler Glassnow won’t shed for 2-3 weeks after undergoing ankle arthroscopy on Friday, according to Rays broadcaster Neil Solondz (Twitter link). The procedure removed a few loose bodies from Glasnow’s right ankle. Although the procedure appears minor, the delay in Glasnow’s rehabilitation following Tommy John surgery could end any hope the right-hander had of starting in the 2022 season. Glasnow underwent his Tommy John surgery in last August. , giving him a narrow window to return this season should he reach the bottom of TJ’s usual recovery schedule of 12-15 months.
  • the Twins have closed Randy Dobnak due to persistent pain in the right-handed middle finger on his throwing hand, MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park writing. It’s unclear how long Dobnak will be sidelined, although it looks like he won’t be on the opening day roster. Dobnak first sprained his finger in late June and then only pitched one game the rest of the season due to a pair of IL field goals out of 60. Even before the finger issues, Dobnak was going through already a tough year and finished with a 7.64 ERA over 50 2/3 innings.

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