May 23, 2024

Former Milwaukee Brewers infielder Luis Urias, now with the Seattle Mariners following an offseason trade, is facing criticism from his new fan base after reporting to spring training in what has been described as subpar condition.

STEAMER is big on Luis Urias for 2024... but is it enough for the Mariners  new 3B?

Urias, who was traded by the Boston Red Sox in November 2023, has raised concerns with two key issues: the health of his shoulder and his overall physical shape. There are worries that these factors, particularly the shoulder injury, may lead to him beginning the 2024 season on the injured list.

Reports indicate that Urias is currently grappling with shoulder inflammation, limiting him to light throwing sessions at distances of around 70 feet. Given his expected role at third base for the Mariners, this setback significantly hampers his ability to make long throws of 127 feet or more.

The disappointment among Seattle Mariners fans stems from Urias’ recent struggles, particularly in comparison to his breakout season with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2021, where he tallied 23 home runs and 75 RBI. However, his performance declined notably in 2022, and he suffered a hamstring injury on opening day in 2023. Furthermore, his lackluster showing in winter ball this year, with a slash line of just .177/.300/.282 over 100 plate appearances, has only added to concerns about his form.

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