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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||280.00||5.00||.243||31.00||31.00||0.00|
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Indians' Giovanny Urshela continues to battle back issue
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(3/16/15) Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela continues to cope with stiffness in his back. After missing three straight games with the problem, Urshela has been held out of all baseball-related activities on Sunday and Monday, manager Terry Francona told MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.
Gio Urshela misses third straight game for Indians
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(3/14/15) Third baseman Gio Urshela was scratched from the Indians lineup on Saturday.
Urshela was expected to return after missing two games with back stiffness. There was no word on if the injury was expected to keep him out longer.
Indians' Giovanny Urshela scratched Thursday due to back injury
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/12/15) Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela was scratched from Thursday's spring game against the Royals because of a tight lower back, per The Plain Dealer. Mike Aviles took Urshela's spot in the lineup.
Urshela is batting .200 (2 for 10) with one home run, two RBI, one run and one walk in five spring games.
Indians' Francona keeping a close eye on Giovanny Urshela
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(2/27/15) Indians manager Terry Francona has been keeping a close eye on third-base prospect Giovanny Urshela, who was only recently cleared for a full range of activities after tweaking his knee during winter ball, MLB.com reports.
"He has a tremendous reputation of being a really good defender," Francona said. "I think I've been more wanting to watch his gait, just to make sure he's not favoring that leg. He promised us that, if he was, he'd let us know, but I also know he's a young kid in his first major-league camp."
Urshela suffered the injury on Nov. 15 and has rehabbed the injured knee at the team's spring-training facility in Goodyear, Ariz.
"He's worked really hard to get himself to where he can go through a normal spring," said Indians' director of player development Carter Hawkins. "We're very excited about the spot he's in right now, given the possible outcomes of the injury."
Urshela saw his first action at the Triple-A level in 2014, hitting .276/.331/.473 with 13 home runs and 65 RBI in 395 at-bats with Columbus.
|2014 Summary: Giovanny Urshela returned to repeat Double-A Akron to begin the season, but it only took a month for the Indians' prospect to earn a promotion to Triple-A Columbus. The move up a level did little to stop the power breakout Urshela began in Akron (five home runs in 90 at-bats), as he belted 13 home runs and 27 doubles in 395 at-bats. Urshela also batted .276 and made only five errors in 98 games at third base.
Playing time status: It is doubtful that Urshela will break camp with the Indians, but he could be a viable candidate to take over the third base job by midseason. It also remains to be seen if Urshela's progress will be slowed by an offseason knee injury, though he is expected to avoid surgery.
2015 Outlook: Though Urshela could provide a decent amount of power for a third baseman, his lack of guaranteed playing time and limited batting average upside makes him strictly a late-round option in AL-only leagues and dynasty formats.
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