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Indians prospect Giovanny Urshela suffers knee injury in Winter Ball

This isn't good...

Edsaú Olivares

Giovanny Urshela has suffered a knee injury while playing in the Venezuelan Winter League. My Spanish is not good enough to provide a perfect translation of this article from El Universal (a major newspaper in Venezuela), but from what I can piece together, he suffered the injury during Saturday's game. The severity of the injury is not yet known, and Urshela was to undergo an MRI on Sunday, the results of which are not yet available. His manager is not optimistic that he will be able to return before the end of the VWL season, which is in January. I have to think that even if his knee is cleared, the Indians will request that he not play.

Urshela is leading the VWL with a .398 batting average, a fantastic carryover from his breakout season with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus this year. Urshela was previously known as an excellent fielder with a so-so bat, but if he can sustain the success he had, he could be one of the best prospects in the farm system. Some have discussed the possibility of him taking over at third base for the Indians as soon as this summer, if Lonnie Chisenhall can't rebound from his second-half slump.

More details on Urshela's condition as they become available. At this point what news exists is from Spanish-language outlets. I know we have many LGT community members who are fluent, and anything you're able to piece together for the rest of us would be appreciated.