Dodgers manager Dave Roberts released some good news regarding injured outfielder Alex Verdugo on Friday.
Roberts said Alex Verdugo (oblique injury) has begun baseball activities and will probably go out on a rehab assignment with one of #Dodgers affiliates that made the postseason (sounds like @RCQuakes) next week.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 31, 2019
Verdugo has been on the IL since early August with an oblique injury. Before sustaining the injury, however, he was putting together an impressive rookie season, batting .294 with 12 home runs and a .817 OPS.
The Dodgers certainly hope he can continue that performance upon his return and hopefully carry it over into the postseason. Verdugo has been involved in a number of important moments this season, including a few walk-offs, and is likely to be a valuable asset in clutch situations.
Recently, Dugie has been taking some dry swings, and swings off the tee as he prepares to see live pitching. He has been rehabbing at the Dodgers spring training complex in Glendale, Arizona
Dodgers to Return Other Players From IL Soon As Well
The team as a whole will also look to return other vital pieces to their roster over the coming weeks.
David Freese, who has been out since early July, will be returning on September 1st, and is expected to be in the starting lineup right away.
Dave Roberts said David Freese, Dylan Floro and Ross Stripling will be activated Sunday when rosters expand. Stripling said he thinks he’ll pitch in some capacity, either starting or out of bullpen. Roberts said Freese will start.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) August 31, 2019
Max Muncy hopes to return from the wrist injury he sustained in San Diego within the next couple of weeks.
Moreover, Doc Roberts provided a bit of clarity on pitching staff swing man Ross Stripling here.